Legislation at Crossover
House Curriculum Description Change
Two bills, initiated by HEAV to clarify the meaning of a “curriculum description,” have passed the House and Senate. These bills, with very similar language, will limit the required curriculum description to “a list of subjects to be studied” during the coming year. This proposed change will clarify the meaning of a curriculum description and provide a consistent application in all school districts of the annual curriculum description requirement.
HB 1208, a curriculum description bill patroned by Delegate Brenda Pogge (R-James City/York County), passed the full House on February 2, with a 77-Y, 23-N vote.
The Senate version of the curriculum description bill, SB 564, patroned by Senator Dick Black (R-Loudoun/Prince William), passed the Senate on February 7, with a 23-Y, 17-N vote.
The House version of the curriculum description bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Education and Health; the Senate version has been referred to the House Education Committee. We expect committee hearings on both bills this week.
HB 947, patroned by Delegate Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), will allow homeschool students to try out for public school sports without excessive requirements. A sunset provision has been added that will discontinue the provisions of the bill by June 2017, unless further legislative action is taken.
The House passed an amended version of the sports access bill on February 8, with a 59-Y, 39-N vote. This is the farthest it has progressed in the legislative process.
Two similar sports access bills, HB 905, patroned by Delegate Randy Minchew (R-Frederick/Loudoun) and HB 1005, patroned by Delegate David Ramadan (R- Loudoun/Prince William), were tabled, and the delegates became co-patrons on Delegate Bell’s bill.
Sports access has never been discussed in the Senate before and may have a difficult time getting out of committee. If you support sports access and one of the committee members listed below is your representative, they need to hear from you. Contact him or her before the hearing on Thursday, March 1.
|Lt. Governor Bill Bolling presides over the Senate.