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Legislation to watch

by Tod Massa 10. February 2018 00:37

 

VA SB637 - Virginia Longitudinal Data System; workforce data.

Virginia Longitudinal Data System; workforce data. Requires the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), through the Virginia Longitudinal Data System, to report additional information regarding the alignment of postsecondary education...

Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)

 

VA SB637 requires us (SCHEV) to add occupation and hours worked to our post-completion wage reports, as such data become available (they are not currently). However, it is my understanding that the US Department of Labor has advised states they are not make any changes to the Unemployment Insurance data collections, and thus this will not happen any time soon.

 

VA SB512 - Virginia Freedom of Information Act; student telephone numbers a...

Virginia Freedom of Information Act; scholastic records; student telephone numbers and student personal email addresses. Excludes student telephone numbers and student personal email addresses contained in scholastic records from the mandatory disclosure...

 

Engrossed in the Senate, referred to House Committee on General Laws

 

VA SB512 essentially prohibits student telephone numbers and personal email addresses to be treated directory information or subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

 

VA HB347 - SCHEV; to be disaggregated by degree program and level.

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia; longitudinal data. Requires the data that the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia annually collects and publishes on (i) the percentage of graduates of public institutions of higher education..

 

Engrossed in the House, referred to Senate Committee on Education and Health

HB347 makes technical adjustments to the language regarding the wage outcomes reports and requires institutions to provide the link to the data to admitted students.

 

B. D. Each such public institution of higher education and each nonprofit private institution of higher education eligible to participate in the Tuition Assistance Grant Program (§ 23.1-628 et seq.) shall provide a link on its website to such published the postsecondary education and employment data published pursuant to subsection A and shall make such link available to each admitted student.

VA SB27 - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Scholarship Pilot Program...

 

Virginia Community College System; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Scholarship Pilot Program. Directs the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to establish and administer a two-year Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Scholarship... 

Engrossed in the Senate, referred to House Appropriations

SB27 might be my favorite bill of the session as it establishes a pilot program to award scholarship for students in poverty:

That the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) shall establish a two-year pilot program, to be referred to as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Scholarship Pilot Program (the Program), beginning in 2018 for the purpose of providing access to postsecondary educational opportunities to students living in poverty. The Program shall provide to selected students who meet the TANF eligibility requirements scholarships to select comprehensive community colleges in VCCS. Program funds shall be used to make payments for  [any part of a student’s cost of attendance not already covered by other grant aid at the  ] participating comprehensive community college.  [ Cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, books, living expenses, transportation, and personal expenses.] 

A final bill to mention right now is SB580 (reported from Finance Committee with substitute) which is now an amalgam of five bills to create a Chief Data Officer for the Commonwealth:

 


§ 2.2-203.2:4. Chief Data Officer; position created.


A. As used in this section, "open data" means data that is collected by an agency that is not prohibited from being made available to the public by applicable laws or regulations or other restrictions, requirements, or rights associated with such data.


B. There is created in the Office of the Secretary of Administration the position of Chief Data Officer of the Commonwealth to coordinate and oversee the effective sharing of data among state, regional, and local public entities and public institutions of higher education and to implement effective data governance strategies to maintain data integrity and security and promote access to open data.


C. The Chief Data Officer shall:

1. Establish business rules, guidelines, and best practices for the use of data, including open data, in the Commonwealth. Such rules, guidelines, and best practices shall address, at a minimum, (i) the sharing of data between state, regional, and local public entities and public institutions of higher education, and, when appropriate, private entities; (ii) data storage; (iii) data security; (iv) privacy; (v) compliance with federal law; (vi) the de-identification of data for research purposes; and (vii) the appropriate access to and presentation of open data and datasets to the public;

2. Assist state, regional, and local public entities, public institutions of higher education, and employees thereof, with the application of the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act (§ 2.2-3800 et. seq.) and understanding the applicability of federal laws governing privacy and access to data to the data sharing practices of the Commonwealth;

3. Assist the Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth with matters related to the creation, storage, and dissemination of data upon request;

4. Encourage and coordinate efforts of state, regional, and local public entities and public institutions of higher education to access and share data, including open data, across all levels of government in an effort to improve the efficiency and efficacy of services, improve outcomes, and promote data-driven policy making, decision making, research, and analysis; and

5. Oversee the implementation of a website dedicated to (i) hosting open data from state, regional, and local public entities and public institutions of higher education and (ii) providing links to any other additional open data websites in the Commonwealth.


You probably want to read the entire bill. It's interesting.

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