VBOE Board Briefs: July 2021
July 27, 2021
July 27, 2021
Fast-Track Regulatory Action to Amend the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel and Regulations Governing the Review and Approval of Education Programs in Virginia
During its 2021 Special Session I, the General Assembly passed several bills pertaining to requirements for teacher licensure and endorsements as well as educator preparation programs in Virginia.
The above action will go through the Town Hall review process. Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) staff will communicate to the field via Superintendent’s memo information on forthcoming requirements for licensure and endorsements per the fast-track regulatory action as well as opportunity for public comment. Additionally, VDOE staff will communicate with institutions of higher education on pending requirements for approved educator preparation programs.
Written Report: Lifting of the Declared State of Emergency and Impact on State-level Waivers and Relief Measures
On June 30, 2021, the state of emergency declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic was lifted. Those waivers and relief measures issued for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years that were put in place by the State Superintendent have also expired and will not carry forward to the 2021-2022 school year. There are several waivers and flexibility provisions that were issued and approved prior to June 30, 2021 and are eligible to remain in effect for the 2021-2022 school year in relation to Teacher Education and Licensure. Download here.
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