VA HB1929 | 2021 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 19-0)
Status: Introduced on January 10 2021 - 25% progression, died in committee
Action: 2021-02-05 - Left in Appropriations
Pending: House Appropriations Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML]


School Equity and Staffing Act; Standards School Equity and Staffing Act; Standards of Quality; work-based learning; teacher leaders and mentors; principal mentors; certain personnel positions and initiatives. Makes several changes to the Standards of Quality, including requiring the establishment of units in the Department of Education to oversee work-based learning and principal mentorship statewide in Standard 1 and requiring the Board of Education to establish and oversee the local implementation of teacher leader and teacher mentor programs in Standard 5. The bill also makes several changes relating to school personnel in Standard 2, including (i) establishing schoolwide ratios of students to teachers in certain schools with high concentrations of poverty and granting flexibility to provide compensation adjustments to teachers in such schools; (ii) requiring each school board to assign licensed personnel in a manner that provides an equitable distribution of experienced, effective teachers and other personnel among all schools in the local school division; (iii) requiring each school board to employ teacher leaders and teacher mentors at specified student-to-position ratios; (iv) requiring state funding in addition to basic aid to support at-risk students and granting flexibility in the use of such funds by school boards; (v) lowering the ratio of English language learner students to teachers; (vi) requiring each school board to employ reading specialists and establishing a student-to-position ratio for such specialists; (vii) requiring school boards to employ one full-time principal in each elementary school; (viii) lowering the ratio of students to assistant principals and school counselors in elementary, middle, and high schools; and (ix) requiring each school board to provide at least four specialized student support positions, including school social workers, school psychologists, school nurses, licensed behavior analysts, licensed assistant behavior analysts, and other licensed health and behavioral positions, per 1,000 students.

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Standards of Quality; work-based learning and principal mentorship, teacher leaders and mentors.


Roll Calls

2021-01-20 - House - House: Reported from Education (21-Y 1-N) (Y: 21 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-01-18 - House - House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N) (Y: 8 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2021-02-05HouseLeft in Appropriations
2021-01-20HouseReferred to Committee on Appropriations
2021-01-20HouseReported from Education (21-Y 1-N)
2021-01-18HouseSubcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
2021-01-18HouseSubcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
2021-01-14HouseAssigned Education sub: SOL and SOQ
2021-01-10HouseReferred to Committee on Education
2021-01-10HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101610D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
221129(n/a)See Bill Text
221199.1(n/a)See Bill Text
221253.13:1(n/a)See Bill Text
221253.13:2(n/a)See Bill Text
221253.13:3(n/a)See Bill Text
221253.13:5(n/a)See Bill Text
221274(n/a)See Bill Text
221274.01:1(n/a)See Bill Text
221294(n/a)See Bill Text
221299.4(n/a)See Bill Text
221303(n/a)See Bill Text
221305.1(n/a)See Bill Text
511617(n/a)See Bill Text

Virginia State Sources

Bill Comments