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ArlingtonFavola bill on teacher licensure wins signature of governor

Favola bill on teacher licensure wins signature of governor

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It took a long and somewhat winding road to get to his desk, but Gov. Youngkin has signed a measure related to licensure of teachers from outside the U.S., patroned by state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington-Fairfax-Loudoun).

The measure requires the Virginia Board of Education to provide a provisional (not to exceed three years) teaching license for educators who are certified to teach outside the U.S. but do not yet meet all Virginia state requirements.

The measure had a relatively noncontroversial start, passing the state Senate on a 40-0 vote. It then cleared the House of Delegates, 97-3, but only after an amendment was tacked on, sending the bill back to the state Senate.

Senators rejected the House amendment, necessitating a conference committee that hammered out a compromise. The bill ultimately was sent to the desk of Gov. Youngkin, who signed it on April 11.


A companion bill, patroned by Del. Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax), went through a similar journey before being signed by Youngkin.

The measures – SB68 and HB979 – take effect July 1.

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