Public school teachers; probationary term of service, grounds for dismissal, and dismissal hearings. (SB178)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Public school teachers; probationary term of service, grounds for dismissal, and dismissal hearings. Permits each school board to extend for up to two additional years the three-year probationary term of service that is required for each teacher in the school division before the issuance of a continuing contract and prohibits each school board from reemploying a teacher whose performance evaluation during such probationary period is not satisfactory. The bill provides that, for the purpose of the dismissal of a teacher for cause, the term "incompetency" may be construed to include consistent failure to meet the endorsement requirements for the position or one or more unsatisfactory performance evaluations. The bill also eliminates the option for a school board to conduct a teacher dismissal hearing before a three-member fact-finding panel, requires each such hearing to be set no later than 15 days after the request for the hearing, and reduces from 10 days to five days the minimum period of advance written notice to the teacher of the time and place of such hearing. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/10/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103200D
01/10/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/12/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB178)
01/19/2022Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/03/2022Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (8-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)

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