Monday, February 8, 2016

One Killed, One Reported, and One Disaster in the Making

There really should be a law against 7 AM subcommittee meetings on the Monday following the Super Bowl.  Two subcommittees of the House Education Committee, Innovation and Elementary ad Secondary ran back to back starting at that time.

The Elementary and Secondary subcommittee killed VEA initiated HB864, carried by Delegate Tim Hugo.  This bill would have offered local schools boards the option of utilizing a three-person panel rather than a hearing officer in teacher dismissal cases.  HB864 was tabled on a voice vote.

The House is now delaying action on the charter school constitutional amendment until Friday.  In the Senate, it went by for the day.

The Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology reported VEA initiated SB564, Senator Norment’s bill to shield school personnel licensure applications prom FOIA request.

Finally, in a very bad bill for VEA, the same committee reported Senator Obenshain’s SB737.  Please read this bill as it will have a major impact on your ability to attend Lobby Days, Instructional Conferences, the VEA Convention and many other association activities.

Both of these bills head to the full Senate with a final vote as soon as Thursday.