English language learner students; ratios of instructional positions, At-Risk Program established. (SB105)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patrons Sen. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg), Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian), Sen. Danica Roem (D-Manassas), Sen. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Ashburn), and Sen. Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public school staffing and funding; National Teacher Certification Incentive Reward Program and Fund; At-Risk Program; English language learner students. Renames the National Teacher Certification Incentive Reward Program and Fund as the National Board Certification Incentive Reward Program and Fund, expands eligibility for incentive grant awards from such Fund pursuant to such Program from solely teachers who have obtained national certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to all public school staff who are candidates for initial national certification or maintenance of national certification to cover certain costs of obtaining or maintaining such certification and all public school staff who have successfully obtained or maintained such certification, and permits certain teachers to apply for additional incentive grants pursuant to such Program and Fund. The bill also establishes the At-Risk Program for the purpose of supporting programs and services for students who are educationally at risk, including prevention, intervention, or remediation activities required pursuant to relevant law, teacher recruitment programs and initiatives, programs for English language learners, the hiring of additional school counselors and other support staff, and other programs relating to increasing the success of disadvantaged students in completing a high school degree and providing opportunities to encourage further education and training. The bill also contains provisions relating to certain funding requirements for the At-Risk Program. Finally, the bill requires state funding to be provided pursuant to the general appropriation act to support ratios of instructional positions to English language learner students based on each such student's English proficiency level, as established in the general appropriation act. This bill incorporates SB 127, SB 128, SB 187, SB 227, SB 228, and SB 609 and is identical to HB 624. Read the Bill »


The fiscal impact statement states that expanding the National Teacher Certification Incentive Program to include more eligible teachers and increasing the annual award amount to $7,500 per individual would result in an estimated additional state cost of $7,945,000 per year. The bill also expands eligibility for grants to cover half of the certification fee and registration fee for initial certification, as well as the full certification fee for maintaining certification. The current cost for initial certification is $1,900 plus a $75 registration fee, while the cost for maintaining certification is $495 plus a $75 registration fee. The exact annual cost to support these additional grants is indeterminate at this time. The Department of Education would be the specific agency affected by this legislation.

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03/25/2024: Passed the General Assembly


01/03/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24103015D
01/03/2024Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/11/2024Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/11/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/24/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB105)
02/08/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2024Incorporates SB127 (VanValkenburg)
02/08/2024Incorporates SB128 (VanValkenburg)
02/08/2024Incorporates SB187 (Subramanyan)
02/08/2024Incorporates SB227 (Hashmi)
02/08/2024Incorporates SB228 (Hashmi)
02/08/2024Incorporates SB609 (Aird)
02/08/2024Committee substitute printed 24107564D-S1
02/09/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Reading of substitute waived
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107564D-S1
02/12/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB105S1
02/12/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2024Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2024Placed on Calendar
02/15/2024Read first time
02/15/2024Referred to Committee on Education
02/15/2024Assigned Education sub: K-12 Subcommittee
02/20/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)
02/20/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB105S1)
02/21/2024Reported from Education with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2024Committee substitute printed 24107843D-H1
02/23/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB105H1)
02/23/2024Read second time
02/26/2024Read third time
02/26/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107843D-H1
02/26/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB105H1
02/26/2024Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
02/26/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Passed by temporarily
02/28/2024House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2024House insisted on substitute
02/29/2024House requested conference committee
03/04/2024Senate acceded to request (38-Y 0-N)
03/04/2024Conferees appointed by Senate
03/04/2024Senators: Lucas, Hashmi, Pillion
03/05/2024Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2024Delegates: Maldonado, Simonds, Cherry
03/08/2024C Amended by conference committee
03/08/2024Conference substitute printed 24109134D-S2
03/08/2024Passed by temporarily
03/08/2024Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/08/2024Conference report agreed to by House (96-Y 0-N)
03/08/2024VOTE: Adoption (96-Y 0-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB105ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
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
03/31/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB105ER)
04/08/2024Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/17/2024Senate rejected Governor's recommendation (19-Y 21-N)
04/17/2024Communicated to Governor

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