College partnership laboratory schools; application and establishment, contracts. (SB598)

Introduced By

Sen. Todd E. Pillion (R-Abingdon) with support from co-patrons Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), and Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


College partnership laboratory schools; application and establishment. Permits any public institution of higher education and any nonprofit private institution of higher education that is eligible for the Tuition Assistance Grant Program to establish a college partnership laboratory school as a new school or through the conversion of all or part of an existing school. Under current law, only public and private institutions of higher education that operate approved teacher education programs are permitted to apply to the Board to establish such a school, and no explicit provision is made for the conversion of an existing school. The bill requires applications for formation of a college partnership laboratory school to describe how the applicant will cooperate with local school boards, including allowing the local school board to elect to name a board member to the governing board of the college partnership laboratory school, and to include assurances that the applicant will work with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to develop programs that may award college credits. The bill requires the Board, among other criteria for reviewing and ruling on such applications, to give substantial preference to any application from a historically black college or university; any application to establish a college partnership laboratory school in an underserved community, which the bill defines as a geographical area that is served by public schools in which a high percentage of students are eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch, as determined by the Board; and any joint application submitted by an institution of higher education in partnership with one or more local school boards. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act. Read the Bill »


03/09/2022: Passed the House


01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22104003D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/19/2022Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/28/2022Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB598)
02/09/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/10/2022Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/10/2022Committee substitute printed 22105876D-S1
02/10/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/10/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105876D-S1
02/14/2022Reading of amendments waived
02/14/2022Amendments by Senator Hashmi agreed to
02/14/2022Reading of amendment waived
02/14/2022Amendment by Senator Barker agreed to (24-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendments SB598ES1
02/14/2022Printed as engrossed 22105876D-ES1
02/15/2022Read third time and passed Senate (36-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Placed on Calendar
02/21/2022Read first time
02/21/2022Referred to Committee on Education
02/23/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB598ES1)
03/06/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
03/07/2022Reported from Education with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022Committee substitute printed 22107577D-H1
03/08/2022Read second time
03/09/2022Read third time
03/09/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22107577D-H1
03/09/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB598H1
03/09/2022Passed House with substitute (51-Y 47-N)
03/09/2022VOTE: Passage (51-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB598H1)
03/10/2022House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022House insisted on substitute
03/10/2022House requested conference committee
03/10/2022Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by Senate
03/10/2022Senators: Pillion, McClellan, Hashmi
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by House
03/10/2022Delegates: Davis, Coyner, Simonds
03/11/2022C Amended by conference committee
03/11/2022Conference report agreed to by Senate (35-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2022Conference report rejected by House (0-Y 96-N)
03/11/2022VOTE: Rejected (0-Y 96-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2022House requested second conference committee
03/12/2022Continued to 2022 Sp. Sess. pursuant to HJR 455
03/12/2022Senate acceded to request for second conference committee (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2022Second conferees appointed by Senate
03/12/2022Senators: Pillion, McClellan, Hashmi
03/12/2022Second conferees appointed by House
03/12/2022Delegates: Davis, Coyner, Simonds
03/12/2022Continued to 2022 Sp. Sess. 1 pursuant to HJR455