Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Brutal Day in House Education

Today's action was in the House Education Committee, and it was brutal.  I keep taking a deep breath, reminding myself that our best and only chance to kill the really bad bills in in the Senate.

Delegate LaRock's HB389, the Parental Choice Education Savings Account bill, was reported and re-referred to the House Appropriations Committee on a 13-Y 9-N vote.  Rumor is that it may encounter a rough road there.

Delegate "Dickie" Bell's Virtual School bill, HB8 was reported and re-referred to the House Appropriations Committee as well.  The vote was 14-Y 7-N.

The next stop for both HB389 and HB8 should be the Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee.  Subcommittee members are Delegates Massie, Cox, Landes, Greason, Knight, McQuinn, and Lindsey.


The committee also reported the Tebow bill, Delegate Rob Bell's HB131, which allows home schooled students to participate in interscholastic programs.  The vote was 14-Y 8-N.  This bill now heads for the full house.  If your memory is good, you'll remember that this bill passed last year only to be vetoed by Governor McAuliffe.

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