SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 96
May 24, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Final Legislative Action of the 1996 General Assembly|
Now that there is final action on all of the issues that were before the 1996 General Assembly, this memorandum serves to (1) provide information on particular legislation of specific interest to local superintendents and school divisions; (2) transmit the Final Legislative Tracking Report; (3) provide information on the necessary follow-up related to studies, guidelines, and staffing; (4) identify issues of concern to legislators; and (5) identify selected legislative studies. Legislative Information Each piece of legislation of specific interest to local superintendents and school divisions is described and indexed by category for easier reference, included here as Attachment 1. Note, however, that this memorandum does not include specific charter changes impacting individual school boards (These are listed in the Final Legislative Tracking Report, Attachment 2). Final Legislative Tracking Report The Final Legislative Tracking Report reflects action on education-related legislation (Attachment 2). Necessary Follow-up Each year following the close of the legislative session, the Department of Education identifies the necessary follow-up related to studies, guidelines or regulations, and staffing. The attached report lists the separate responsibilities of the Secretary of Education, the Board of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, or the Department of Education to respond to the provisions of the bill or resolution (Attachment 3). In some cases, the responsibility is to serve as a member of a Commission established to study issues of significance to public education; in others, it is to develop guidelines or regulations, to conduct a study, or to provide staff assistance to a legislative study group. We thought the enclosed material would be useful and informative. The person in the Department of Education who is responsible for each item listed is indicated. If you have questions about any SUPTS. MEMO NO. 96 Page 2 May 24, 1996 item please get in touch with the individual listed as the legislative contact. The legislative contact has background on the genesis of the legislation, and will direct you to other personnel who can provide additional technical information if it is needed. Legislator Concerns This memorandum also serves to address those issues of concern to legislators which we agreed to bring to your attention. House Joint Resolution 52, attached, expresses the sense of the General Assembly that in-service training programs are valuable to the professional development of school employees (Attachment 4). Further, the Assembly expresses their commitment to the continued professional development of persons involved in public education at all levels. Selected Studies We want to highlight two resolutions establishing Commissions addressing K-12 education. HJR 196 establishes the Commission on the Future of Public Education in Virginia to develop a strategic vision for K-12 education in the Commonwealth. HJR 168 establishes the Commission on Accountability for Educational Excellence. For your information, copies are provided as Attachment 5 [Again, the Final Legislative Tracking Report (Attachment 2) shows all resolutions, and the List of Legislative Responsibilities (Attachment 3) shows those that passed with staff assignments]. Following in a few weeks will be a booklet containing the actual text of the bills passed by the 1996 General Assembly which are included on the legislative tracking report, with the exception of individual charter bills. The indexing of that booklet should correspond to organizational indexing of the "Legislative Information" attachment of this memo (Budget amendments have been provided to you in two separate memoranda: Superintendent's Memorandum No. 1, Regulatory, dated March 12, 1996 and Superintendent's Memorandum No. 3, Regulatory , dated April 5, 1996). I hope you find this helpful and will not hesitate to call for information on the various items included in this memorandum. Staff in the Division of Policy and Public Affairs would be able to assist you. They can be reached at (804) 225-2403. WCBjr/dta Attachments: This memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.