HB 1014 Standards of Quality in public schools; changes in provisions.
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Summary as passed: (all summaries)
Standards of Quality. Reorganizes the Standards of Quality and makes substantive amendments that would (i) increase from one half-time to one full-time principal in elementary schools with fewer than 300 students; (ii) provide one full-time assistant principal for each 400 students in each school, regardless of grade level; (iii) require five elementary resource positions per 1,000 students in kindergarten through grade five for art, music, and physical education; (iv) lower the pupil-teacher ratio from 25:1 to 21:1 in middle and high schools, to ensure the provision of scheduled teacher planning time; (v) reduce the required speech pathologist caseload from 68 to 60 students; (vi) require one full-time reading specialist for each 1,000 students in average daily membership; (vii) require two technology support positions per 1,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12 divisionwide; and (viii) modify the current funding mechanism for remediation.

The Board of Education proposed and approved these changes on June 25, 2003. Because the Virginia Constitution grants the General Assembly "ultimate authority" over educational policy and provides that the Standards are to be "prescribed from time to time by the Board of Education" but are subject to revision "only by the General Assembly," legislation is necessary to enact the Board's proposals.

The bill includes a second enactment clause providing that any new Standard of Quality incorporated into the bill shall not become effective unless an appropriation for the standard is included in the 2004-2006 Appropriation Act. The measure also includes a number of technical and editorial changes and is identical to SB 479.

Full text:
01/14/04  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/14/04 043758292  pdf | impact statement
02/05/04  House: Committee substitute printed 042597316-H1  pdf
03/23/04  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1014ER)  pdf | impact statement
04/23/04  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0955)  pdf

01/14/04  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/14/04 043758292
01/14/04  House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/19/04  House: Assigned to Education sub-committee: 1
01/28/04  House: Reported from Education with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
01/28/04  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/04  House: Assigned to App. sub-committee: 5
02/04/04  House: Reported from Appropriations with sub (21-Y 4-N)
02/05/04  House: Committee substitute printed 042597316-H1
02/06/04  House: Read first time
02/09/04  House: Read second time
02/09/04  House: Committee substitute agreed to 042597316-H1
02/09/04  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1014H1
02/10/04  House: Read third time and passed House (86-Y 14-N)
02/10/04  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (86-Y 14-N)
02/10/04  House: Communicated to Senate
02/11/04  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/04  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
03/04/04  Senate: Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
03/08/04  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N)
03/08/04  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (36-Y 0-N)
03/09/04  Senate: Read third time
03/09/04  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/09/04  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE R (40-Y 0-N)
03/23/04  House: Enrolled
03/23/04  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1014ER)
03/24/04  House: Signed by Speaker
03/24/04  Senate: Signed by President
04/15/04  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 955 (effective 7/1/04)
04/23/04  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0955)