Thursday, February 4, 2016

Labor Day Repeal Killed/VEA Hearing Officer Bill Advances

The Senate Committee of Education and Health killed Senator Garrett's SB340, a bill to repeal the Labor Day law, on a 9-Y 6-N vote to pass the bill by indefinitely (PBI), sending a clear signal of the ultimate fate of the House bills which repeal the Labor Day School closing law.

The committee also reported Senator Favola's SB660, a VEA initiated bill to bar school boards from appointing as a hearing officer an employee of the school board or the spouse, child, parent, grandparent, or sibling of (i) any member of the school board or (ii) the school superintendent."  This bill is part of our continuing effort to ensure the impartiality of hearing officers in teacher dismissal cases.  SB660 reported on a 13-Y 1-N vote, and should be on the calendar for first reading in the Senate tomorrow.

Our lobbying efforts in opposition to the Charter School Constitutional Amendment continue.