Public charter schools; applications, review and approval. (SB635)

Introduced By

Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian) with support from 8 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Wren Williams (R-Stuart), Sen. Travis Hackworth (R-Richlands), Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville), Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg), Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg), Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania), Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville), Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public charter schools; applications; review and approval. Permits the Board of Education (the Board) to receive, review, and rule upon applications for public charter schools and enter into agreements for the establishment of public charter schools. Under current law, the power to grant or deny a public charter school application and enter into an agreement for the establishment of a public charter school rests solely with local school boards. The bill also provides that the decision of the Board or a local school board to grant or deny a public charter school application or to revoke or fail to renew a public charter school agreement is final and is not subject to appeal. Current law contains an appeal process for such decisions. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/17/2022Presented and ordered printed 22104377D
01/17/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/19/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB635)
02/01/2022Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/10/2022Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB608.


Lou Di Leonardo writes:

Local school boards have demonstrated over and over that they cannot be trusted to do what is best for Virginia's children so should have authority stripped from them. Charter schools are highly competitive for entry and there are multiple disappointed parents of kids denied entry for every ecstatic parent whose child won the lottery to get accepted. There are waiting lists that could be eliminated by opening more charter schools. Teachers Unions hate them because they are effective and outside of union control. Parents love them because these schools keep kids out of trouble by enforcing rules of conduct AND because their children actually learn marketable skills. Hey, school boards, leave the kids alone!

Michael Albin writes:

Virginia is way behind the curve on this. Implementation of the idea is long overdue. Thanks for introducing it. Please work with Sen. Chase to push it to passage.
Mike Albin