Superintendent's Memo #134-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

May 15, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Final Legislative Report for the 2009 General Assembly

This memorandum provides information regarding legislation passed by the 2009 session of the Virginia General Assembly that is of interest to school superintendents and division personnel.

The final legislative reports for the 2009 General Assembly are posted on the Department of Education’s website at:   A link is also provided, entitled Legislative Tracking Reports, on the Web page.  These reports reflect final action on education-related legislation tracked by the Department of Education.  The history of any bill or resolution, all amendments, and the text of the final version are available by clicking on the bill or resolution number in this memo or in the Final Legislative Tracking Reports. In doing so, you will be exiting the Virginia Department of Education website and going to the Virginia General Assembly's Legislative Information System.

Required Actions

All legislation becomes effective on July 1, 2009, 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.  A separate Superintendent’s Memorandum has been sent or will be sent on some of the bills in order to provide more detailed information about them. 

Administrative Issues

Health and School Safety


Local School Boards and Divisions

Special Education

Standards of Quality

Teachers and Teacher Licensure

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

Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Policy and Communications, by telephone at (804)225-2403 or by electronic mail at if you need additional information or have questions about these bills.

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