HB 2542 Omnibus Educational Act of 1995.
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Summary:
Virginia Omnibus Educational Act of 1995. Establishes various programs in general statute, some of which are currently only referenced in the appropriations act and clarifies the jurisdiction of juvenile and domestic relations courts in cases of parents who willfully and unreasonably fail to comply with certain requirements. The established programs include the educational technology initiative, the voluntary primary class size reduction initiative, the at-risk four-year-old preschool program, and an at-risk block grant, consisting of the at-risk add-on program, dropout prevention, specifically Project YES, Project Discovery, English as a second language programs, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), the Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP), Reading Recovery, and school/community health centers. The Board of Education is directed to include the funding of the voluntary ratio and class size reductions in its budget and the budget must include these funds, effective July 1, 1996.

This bill also sets forth a new section which allocates parental responsibilities for students' behavior. The provisions relating to parental responsibilities and school boards' authority to enforce such responsibilities are taken from SB 340 and HB 947 of last year (vetoed by the Governor). Parents may be required to meet with school officials if requested by the principal, and the parents of suspended students must accompany the student to meet with school officials unless there are special circumstances. Failure to meet with officials, or an expulsion or second suspension, may result in court action by the school board; the court may order the parents to pay certain civil penalties, compel the student or parents to participate in certain programs or treatments, or set conditions and limitations on the parents and students. The juvenile and domestic district court jurisdiction statute, as it is presently in effect and as it may become effective if the family court is implemented, is specifically amended to provide the court “exclusive original jurisdiction” in matters relating to the new parental responsibility and involvement section. All schools must have parental involvement activities.

If the court finds that the parent has willfully and unreasonably failed to comply with the requirements of 22.1-279.3, the court may impose penalties, i.e., a $50 civil penalty for certain infractions and a $500 civil penalty for certain other infractions. The civil penalties will be enforceable in the juvenile and domestic relations court, or its successor in interest, or the locality in which the student's school is located and paid into a special fund maintained by the local governing body to support programs or treatments designed to improve students' behavior. If the civil penalties are not paid, the attorney for the appropriate county, city or town shall collect the civil penalties.

In addition to other appropriated funds, one hundred percent of the lottery revenues must be appropriated entirely and solely for public education, including, but not limited to, the programs specified in this provision.

Full text:
01/23/95  House: Presented & ordered printed LD4390476  pdf
02/03/95  House: Committee substitute printed LD3689124-H1  pdf
02/06/95  House: Floor substitute printed LD5869476-H2 (Van Landingham)  pdf
02/06/95  House: Printed as engrossed LD5869476-EH2  pdf
02/17/95  Senate: Committee substitute printed LD5883476-S1  pdf
02/28/95  House: Conference substitute printed LD5888476-H3  pdf
03/13/95  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2542ER)  pdf
05/10/95  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0852)  pdf

Amendments:
House amendments
Senate amendments rejected
Conference amendments
Governor's recommendation

Status:
01/23/95  House: Presented & ordered printed LD4390476
01/23/95  House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/26/95  House: Assigned to Education sub-committee: 1
01/30/95  House: Reported from Education (15-Y 5-N)
01/30/95  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/03/95  House: Reported from Appropriations with sub. (21-Y 0-N)
02/03/95  House: Committee substitute printed LD3689124-H1
02/04/95  House: Read first time
02/05/95  House: Passed by for the day
02/06/95  House: Read second time
02/06/95  House: Committee substitute rejected LD3689124-H1
02/06/95  House: Floor substitute agreed to LD5869476-H2 (Van Landingham)
02/06/95  House: Floor substitute printed LD5869476-H2 (Van Landingham)
02/06/95  House: Floor amendment agreed to (Cranwell)
02/06/95  House: Floor amendment withdrawn (Fisher)
02/06/95  House: Motion for pending question agreed to (50-Y 47-N)
02/06/95  House: VOTE: PENDING QUESTION (50-Y 47-N)
02/06/95  House: Eng. by House-fl.sub. w/amd. LD5869476-EH2(Van Landingham)
02/06/95  House: Printed as engrossed LD5869476-EH2
02/07/95  House: Read third time and passed House (86-Y 11-N)
02/07/95  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (86-Y 11-N)
02/07/95  House: Communicated to Senate
02/08/95  Senate: Read first time
02/08/95  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/17/95  Senate: Reported from Ed. & H. with substitute (12-Y 1-N 1-A)
02/17/95  Senate: Committee substitute printed LD5883476-S1
02/20/95  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/20/95  Senate: VOTE: CONST. READING DISPENSED (39-Y 0-N)
02/21/95  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/22/95  Senate: Read third time
02/22/95  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/22/95  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to LD5883476-S1
02/22/95  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/22/95  Senate: Floor amendments rejected (Bell)
02/22/95  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - comm. sub. LD5883476-S1
02/22/95  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (36-Y 3-N)
02/22/95  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (36-Y 3-N)
02/22/95  Senate: Rec. of Sen. passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/22/95  Senate: VOTE: RECONSIDER (39-Y 0-N)
02/22/95  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 1-N)
02/22/95  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (39-Y 1-N)
02/23/95  House: Placed on Calendar
02/23/95  House: Senate substitute rejected by House (2-Y 98-N)
02/23/95  House: VOTE: REJECTED (2-Y 98-N)
02/24/95  Senate: Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N)
02/24/95  Senate: VOTE: INSIST & REQUEST (39-Y 0-N)
02/24/95  Senate: Senate requested conference committee
02/24/95  House: House acceded to request
02/24/95  House: Conferees appointed by House
02/24/95  House: Delegates: Van Landingham, Jackson, Reynolds
02/24/95  Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
02/24/95  Senate: Senators: Holland, C. A., Saslaw, Nolen
02/25/95  House: Conference report agreed to by House (96-Y 2-N)
02/25/95  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 2-N)
02/25/95  Senate: Reading of conference report waived
02/25/95  Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N)
02/25/95  Senate: VOTE: ADOPT CONFERENCE REPORT (39-Y 1-N)
02/25/95  Senate: Rec. of conf. report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/95  Senate: VOTE: RECONSIDER (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/95  Conference: Senate substitute rejected by conference committee
02/25/95  Conference: Substitute recommended by conference committee
02/25/95  Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 2-N)
02/25/95  Senate: VOTE: ADOPT CONFERENCE REPORT (38-Y 2-N)
02/28/95  House: Conference substitute printed LD5888476-H3
03/13/95  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2542ER)
03/15/95  House: Enrolled
03/15/95  Senate: Signed by President
03/16/95  House: Signed by Speaker
03/27/95  House: Governor's recommendation received by House
04/06/95  House: House rejected Gov's recommendation #1 (44-Y 56-N)
04/06/95  House: VOTE: AMDT 1 REJECTED (44-Y 56-N)
04/06/95  House: House rejected Gov's recommendation #2 (45-Y 54-N)
04/06/95  House: VOTE: AMDT 2 REJECTED (45-Y 54-N)
04/06/95  House: House rejected Gov's recommendation #3 (45-Y 54-N)
04/06/95  House: VOTE: AMDT 3 REJECTED (45-Y 54-N)
04/06/95  House: House rejected Gov's recommendation #4 (42-Y 58-N)
04/06/95  House: VOTE: AMDT 4 REJECTED (42-Y 58-N)
04/06/95  House: House rejected Gov's recommendation #5 (44-Y 56-N)
04/06/95  House: VOTE: AMDT 5 REJECTED (44-Y 56-N)
04/06/95  House: House rejected Gov's recommendation #6 (43-Y 57-N)
04/06/95  House: VOTE: AMDT 6 REJECTED (43-Y 57-N)
04/06/95  House: House rejected Gov's recommendation #7 (43-Y 56-N)
04/06/95  House: VOTE: AMDT 7 REJECTED (43-Y 56-N)
04/06/95  House: Motion for pending question agreed to
04/06/95  House: House rejected Gov's rec. #8, 9, 10, 11 (42-Y 57-N)
04/06/95  House: VOTE: AMDTS 8,9,10,11 REJECTED (42-Y 57-N)
04/06/95  House: Motion to pass bill in enrolled form rejected (57-Y 43-N)
04/06/95  House: VOTE: REJECTED (57-Y 43-N)
04/06/95  House: Communicated to Governor
05/05/95  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 852 (effective 7/1/95)
05/10/95  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0852)