COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 82

June 7, 2002

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Final Legislative Reports for the 2002 General Assembly

 

This memorandum provides information regarding legislation passed by the 2002 session of the Virginia General Assembly that is of interest to school superintendents and division personnel.

 

The final legislative reports for the 2002 General Assembly are posted on the Department of Education website at: http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/PolicyPub/legis98. This site provides links to two reports:

 

        2002 Final Legislative Tracking Report

 

This report reflects final action on education-related legislation tracked by the Department of Education. The history of any bill, all amendments, and the text of the final version are available by clicking on the bill number shown in the Legislative Tracking Report.

 

        Final 2002 General Assembly Session Legislative Report (PDF)

This report is in two parts. The first part provides an index of all of the education-related legislation tracked by the Department of Education that passed in the General Assembly this year organized by category. The second part provides a summary of each bill, the section of the Code of Virginia that was affected, and the time lines for implementation. You may access information about each bill and its text in the summary by clicking on the bill number.

 

Required Actions

 

All legislation becomes effective on July 1, 2002, unless otherwise indicated. Any information about actions that may or must be taken by local school boards is included in the summary of each bill. These bills include:

 

Career and Technical Education

 

SB 334 Involvement of area business and industry representatives and local community colleges in development of career and technical education plans

 

Charter Schools

 

SB 625 Establishment of mandatory review, action, and reporting by school divisions on all applications for charter schools

 

Finance

 

SB 681 Authorization of public/private partnerships for qualifying public facilities and infrastructure projects, including school buildings

 

Health and School Safety

 

HB 46 Addition of incidents involving acts of terrorism to school crisis and emergency management plans and the model plan developed by the Board of Education

 

HB 498 Establishment of compulsory minimum standards for employment and job-entry and in-service training curricula and certification requirements for school security officers. Definition of school resource officer

 

HB 692 Reporting of theft or attempted theft of student prescription drugs

 

HB 886 Addition of communication procedures to the model school crisis and emergency management plan for parental location of children and contacting parents

 

HB 939 Prohibition against smoking in the interior of any public school

 

Local School Boards/Divisions

 

HB 294 Release of information to child protective services investigator

 

HB 357 Prohibition against the administration of certain surveys to public school students without parental consent

 

HB 434 Limitations on the renegotiation of a superintendents contract

 

SB 276 Creation of shared ownership of public school property in specific circumstances

 

SB 604 System of accounting in public schools; establishment of contingency reserves as major classification of school funds

 

SB 608 Posting of In God We Trust, the National Motto, enacted by Congress in 1956 in all public schools

 

Special Education

 

SB 465 Reimbursement of school divisions by the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) for transportation to receive health-related services

 

Standards of Quality/Standards of Accreditation

 

HB 1136 Establishment of requirement that school divisions hire elementary guidance counselors at specified staffing levels

 

Standards of Quality/Standards of Accreditation

Verified Units of Credit

 

HB 493 Creation of Board of Education guidelines for locally awarded verified units of credit for a standard diploma for transition students

 

Teachers/Administrators

 

SB 92 Requirement that teachers receive training in child abuse recognition and intervention

 

I hope this information will assist you in planning and implementing the state legislative changes with your school boards. Technical support to implement the new legislative responsibilities is available from the Department of Education.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Cynthia Cave, director of policy (mail to: ccave@mail.vak12ed.edu) at (804) 225-2092 if you need additional information.

 

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