P.O. BOX 2120

May 25, 2001

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Final Legislative Reports for the 2001 General Assembly

This memorandum provides information regarding legislation passed by the 2001 session of the Virginia General Assembly that is of interest to school superintendents and division personnel.

The final legislative reports for the 2001 General Assembly are posted on the Department of Education website at: This site provides links to two reports:

2001 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.

2001 General Assembly Session Final Legislative Report(PDF) This report provides a summary of each bill organized by category, the relevant section of the Code of Virginia, and timelines. You may access information about each bill in the final summary by clicking on the appropriate bill number in the index provided for easy reference.

All legislation is effective on July 1, 2001, unless otherwise indicated. Actions required by school boards are underlined and shown in bold print in the legislative summaries.

In addition, there is a link to the Web-based Legislative Information System(LIS) at: The full text of the bills and other related information may be viewed at the LIS site.

The Department of Education will no longer distribute the publication known as the "bill book" because the information is located on the website. You may download and reproduce all or any part of the information provided in this memorandum for use in your school division.

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 ( at (804) 225-2092 if you need additional information.