Community Schools, Office of; established within Department of Education. (SB608)

Introduced By

Sen. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Stella Pekarsky (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public education; community schools; Office of Community Schools at Department of Education; Community School Development and Implementation Planning Grant; state goal. Requires the Department of Education to establish the Office of Community Schools as an office within the Department for the purpose of supporting the development and growth of community schools throughout the Commonwealth in accordance with the Virginia Community School Framework and requires the Office to establish and administer the Community School Development and Implementation Planning Grant for the purpose of providing grants to school boards that seek to designate any school within the local school division as a community school to assist with the planning and implementation of such designation. The bill also establishes a state goal of prioritizing funding for such initiatives and grants to enable their expansion to serve the top 33 percent of public elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth for highest identified student percentage, as defined in the bill, based on data from the immediately preceding school year. This bill is identical to HB 625. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, the estimated cost of implementing SB608 includes: - $415,512 general fund per year beginning in FY2025 for three additional positions to staff the new Office of Community Schools and administer the program established by the bill. - The cost for Community School Development and Implementation Planning Grants is indeterminate and will depend on the funding appropriated by the General Assembly for such grants and the size of the grants. There will be an increased cost to provide funding to additional schools in future years, but the actual cost is indeterminate. Therefore, the total estimated cost provided in the fiscal impact statement is $415,512 per year for staffing the new office within the Department of Education.

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Bill Has Passed


01/10/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104575D
01/10/2024Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/24/2024Assigned Education and Health Sub: Public Education
02/01/2024Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/02/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB608)
02/08/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2024Committee substitute printed 24107482D-S1
02/09/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Reading of substitute waived
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107482D-S1
02/12/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB608S1
02/12/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2024Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2024Placed on Calendar
02/15/2024Read first time
02/15/2024Referred to Committee on Education
02/15/2024Assigned Education sub: K-12 Subcommittee
02/20/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)
02/21/2024Reported from Education with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2024Committee substitute printed 24107853D-H1
02/23/2024Read second time
02/26/2024Read third time
02/26/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107853D-H1
02/26/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB608H1
02/26/2024Passed House with substitute (60-Y 35-N)
02/26/2024VOTE: Passage (60-Y 35-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024House substitute agreed to by Senate (21-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Title replaced 24107853D-H1
03/01/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB608H1)
03/04/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB608ER)
03/04/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB608ER)
03/04/2024Signed by Speaker
03/07/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/08/2024Governor's substitute printed 24109324D-S2
04/17/2024Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N)
04/17/2024House concurred in Governor's recommendation (63-Y 37-N)
04/17/2024VOTE: Adoption (63-Y 37-N)
04/17/2024G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/17/2024Reenrolled bill text (SB608ER2)
04/17/2024Signed by President as reenrolled
04/17/2024Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/17/2024Enacted, Chapter 797 (effective 7/1/24)

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