SB 829 Cultural diversity policies;school boards;institutions of higher ed.
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Summary as passed Senate: (all summaries)

Cultural diversity policies for local school boards and institutions of higher education. Requires the Board of Education and public schools to promote the knowledge and appreciation of diverse racial and ethnic cultures, and language minority populations, particularly such cultures and populations represented in the public schools of the Commonwealth. The Board must establish guidelines to assist local school boards in implementing cultural diversity policies and must also identity best practices within and outside of the Commonwealth. The boards of visitors of each public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth and the State Board for Community Colleges must submit equal education opportunity plans to the State Council of Higher Education, the Governor, and the General Assembly on November 1 of each year. The plan requirements for the institutions of higher education will expire on July 1, 2008, the expiration date for the reporting and monitoring phase of the agreement signed by Governor Gilmore with the Office of Civil Rights of the United States Department of Education. This bill, which was a part of the legislative initiatives of the Commission on Access and Diversity in Higher Education in the 2002 Session, was favorably considered by the Commission this year.

This provision provides that "cultural diversity policies" must not be construed to require mandatory training of students or school board employees concerning cultural diversity, or to require hiring quotas or the employment of persons on the basis of race or ethnicity.

Full text:
01/08/03  Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/06/03 038021460  pdf | impact statement
01/28/03  Senate: Committee substitute printed 038087460-S1  pdf
01/30/03  Senate: Committee substitute printed 038096460-S2  pdf | impact statement

Status:
01/08/03  Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/06/03 038021460
01/08/03  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/16/03  Senate: Reported from Education and Health (9-Y 5-N)
01/16/03  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
01/28/03  Senate: Pursuant to S.Rule 20(j),rereferred by Fin. (13-Y 0-N)
01/28/03  Senate: Committee substitute printed 038087460-S1
01/28/03  Senate: Rereferred to Education and Health with substitute
01/30/03  Senate: Reported from Ed. & H. with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
01/30/03  Senate: Committee substitute printed 038096460-S2
02/03/03  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
02/03/03  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (37-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  Senate: Read second time
02/04/03  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/04/03  Senate: Committee substitute rejected (Finance) 038087460-S1
02/04/03  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/04/03  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to (Ed & Health) 038096460-S2
02/04/03  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute 038096460-S2
02/04/03  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED (40-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  Senate: Passed Senate (34-Y 5-N)
02/04/03  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (34-Y 5-N)
02/04/03  Senate: Rec. of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  Senate: VOTE: RECONSIDER (40-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  Senate: Passed Senate (31-Y 8-N)
02/04/03  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (31-Y 8-N)
02/04/03  Senate: Communicated to House
02/05/03  House: Placed on Calendar
02/05/03  House: Read first time
02/05/03  House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/12/03  House: Tabled in Education (14-Y 7-N)