School expulsions; removes provision prohibiting reversal of decision. (HB1498)

Introduced By

Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


School expulsions; reversal. Removes a provision prohibiting the reversal of a decision to expel a student on the grounds that certain enumerated factors were not considered. Read the Bill »


01/28/2013: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/02/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100104D
01/02/2013Referred to Committee on Education
01/11/2013Assigned Education sub: Students and Early Education
01/24/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
01/28/2013Passed by indefinitely in Education


ACLU-VA Students' Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of VA supports this bill because it restores discretion to administrators in deciding the reversal of a students' expulsion, key to combating the policies and practices that push our nation’s schoolchildren, especially our most at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems - also known as the "school to prison pipeline." Research suggests that the overuse of suspensions and expulsions may actually increase the likelihood of later criminal misconduct. Overly harsh disciplinary policies push students down the pipeline and into the juvenile justice system. Factors mandated by law to be considered by the board in an expulsion hearing are rendered null if the board doesn’t actually use them to justify an expulsion and subsequently, the student is prohibited from seeking a reversal for failure of the board to perform their duty.