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HJ 646 Year-round schools; Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study efficacy thereof.
SUMMARY AS PASSED HOUSE: (all summaries)
Study; efficacy of year-round schools; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the efficacy of year-round schools. In conducting its study, the Commission shall (i) review the Board of Education's procedure for approving year-round schools; (ii) determine which school divisions have implemented year-round schools and their experience with this alternative method of providing education; (iii) conduct a comprehensive analysis of each year-round school, scheduling format, instructional, and extracurricular programs offered, and number of students enrolled in the year-round school; (iv) consider the minimum number of required teaching days or hours that should constitute the length of a school term and the issues attendant thereto; (v) identify and review year-round schools offered by other states and countries, noting advantages and disadvantages; (vi) ascertain and weigh the essential factors that must be considered before implementing year-round schools statewide, including, but not limited to, instructional costs, transportation and special education services, and the need for additional classroom teachers, staff, and support services; (vii) evaluate the impact of changing the scheduling format on school functions and length of terms and school breaks; and (viii) consider and thoroughly vet other issues and matters related to year-round schools as the Commission may deem necessary to provide feasible and appropriate recommendations. Further, in conducting its study, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission shall seek and include classroom teachers, school administrators, parents, representatives of localities with and without year-round schools, the Virginia School Boards Association, the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, other educational organizations, and other persons with expertise in alternative educational programs and options in the Commission's deliberations.
The Commission must submit an executive summary to the 2012 Session of the General Assembly and its final report and recommendations to the 2013 Session of the General Assembly.