Student instruction; local alternative instructional time models permitted. (HB1477)

Introduced By

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patron Del. Carrie Coyner (R-Chesterfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public schools; instructional time; competency-based education. Requires the Board of Education to provide local school boards maximum flexibility to waive existing instructional clock hour requirements by developing alternative instructional time models in accordance with the Board's regulations and guidelines relating to instructional time waivers. The bill directs the Board, when revising its regulations and adopting Standards of Accreditation, to provide flexibility for school boards to develop programs that provide for acceleration, remediation, and multiple pathways to graduation that permit students to demonstrate competency at different rates. The bill also requires the Board to update, by December 1, 2024, its Guidelines for Graduation Requirements: Local Alternative Paths to Standard Units of Credit (Alternatives to the 140-Clock-Hour Requirement) to include guidance regarding (i) waiver pathway options to allow students time within the school day to complete work-based learning opportunities; (ii) advanced learning opportunities focused on problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and citizenship skills; (iii) content that provides technical knowledge, skills, and competency-based applied learning; (iv) a method for approving alternative programs, including dual enrollment courses as specified in the bill; (v) other instructional time models adopted to meet instructional hour requirements through a variety of learning modalities; and (vi) offering instructional and learning opportunities including innovative, advanced, and enrichment programs for the full school year. Finally, the bill requires the Board to submit to the Chairs of the Senate Committee on Education and Health and the House Committee on Education by November 1, 2024, a report on its progress in implementing the provisions of the bill. This bill incorporates HB 663 and HB 1081. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/19/2024Presented and ordered printed 24104317D
01/19/2024Referred to Committee on Education
02/01/2024Assigned Education sub: K-12 Subcommittee
02/06/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/07/2024Incorporates 1081 (Coyner)
02/07/2024Reported from Education with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2024Committee substitute printed 24107346D-H1
02/07/2024Incorporates HB1081 (Coyner)
02/07/2024Incorporates HB663 (Tata)
02/09/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107346D-H1
02/12/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1477H1
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/21/2024Assigned Education and Health Sub: Public Education
02/22/2024Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/29/2024Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2024Committee substitute printed 24107772D-S1
03/01/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1477S1)
03/04/2024Read third time
03/04/2024Reading of substitute waived
03/04/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107772D-S1
03/04/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1477S1
03/04/2024Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N)
03/05/2024Senate substitute agreed to by House 24107772D-S1 (99-Y 0-N)
03/05/2024VOTE: Adoption (99-Y 0-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1477ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1477ER)
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/04/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 421 (effective 7/1/24)
04/04/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0421)

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