Teacher licensure; written reprimand, suspension
Purpose of legislation
Amended §§ 22.1-298.1 and 22.1-304 of the Code of Virginia. Both amendments provide clarification to provisions relating to the issuance of a written reprimand added by the General Assembly in 2019. In particular, the bill amends § 22.1-298.1 by requiring that the licensure regulations include procedures for the issuance of written reprimand of a license holder “on grounds established by the Board of Education, in accordance with law.” The added language clarifies the Board of Education’s authority to identify grounds for the issuance of a written reprimand. The amendment of § 22.1-304 corrects language relating to possible licensure sanctions for the breach of an employment contract when a division superintendent or local school board fails to release an employee from a contract by stating that sanctions may include suspension of a license, as well as written reprimand and revocation. While these provisions include changes to statutory provisions relating to the issuance of a written reprimand, the requirement that the Board of Education’s licensure regulations include procedures relating to the issuance of written reprimand of a license holder was added to the Code of Virginia by the General Assembly in 2019. As set forth below, however, the statutory provisions in 2019 arguably applied only to enumerated circumstances (violations relating to secure mandatory tests and breach of employment contract). House Bill 1344 clarifies that the regulations may include procedures for the written reprimand for any reasons established by the Board in accordance with law.
|Legislation mandating a change||Chap 513 (2020)|
|VAC chapters to be amended|
|Associated Regulatory Actions||