1998 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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100% - K-3 Reduced Class Size Program

Item 138 #26h

Item 138 #26h

First Year - FY1999 Second Year - FY2000
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY1999 $18,707,309 FY2000 $19,119,367 GF

Page 93, line 14, strike "$2,363,701,528" and insert "$2,382,408,837".
Page 93, line 14, strike "$2,411,157,990" and insert "$2,430,277,357".
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Page 104, line 26, strike "$65,310,056" and insert "$84,429,423".
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"b.  Payments shall be based on each school division's percent of students eligible for the free lunch program and the number of students enrolled in kindergarten through the third grade.  These payments shall provide the greatest reduction in student to teacher ratios to those divisions with the highest percent of students eligible for the free lunch program.
c.  To determine the additional per pupil payment for each school division, the Department of Education shall calculate the additional average per pupil costs associated with reducing the statewide pupil to teacher ratio from those required by the Standards of Quality to 15:1 in the primary grades.
d.  The additional per pupil amount paid to each school division shall be proportional to their relative position when all school divisions are ranked on the basis of their percent of students eligible for the free lunch program.  School divisions with the highest percent of free lunch students shall be eligible for the greatest per pupil payment in order to achieve the lowest student to teacher ratio of 15:1.  School divisions with no students on free lunch will not be eligible for additional payments under this initiative.  Funding for this initiative includes a hold harmless in each year to ensure that no school division would receive less funding than it would have received through the methodology used in fiscal year 1998.
e.  Consistent with the reduction in student to teacher ratios, maximum class sizes must also be reduced as a part of this initiative.  The maximum primary class size for any school division participating in this initiative shall be no greater than the reduced ratio applicable to that school division plus five additional students.  It is the intent of the General Assembly that school divisions apply the same standard outlined above in determining class sizes in individual schools.
f.  The Superintendent of Public Instruction may grant waivers to school divisions for the class size requirement in schools that have only one class in an affected grade level in a primary school.
g.  School divisions are required to match state funds based on the composite index of local ability-to-pay.
h.  School divisions may elect to participate at a higher ratio than they are entitled based on their percent of free lunch students with a commensurate reduction in state funds and required local share.
i.  No later than October 15 of each year, school divisions must provide data to the Department of Education demonstrating their level of participation in this program, however, in the first year school divisions that continue to meet the requirements set forth for this initiative in fiscal year 1998 may use any additional funds from this initiative to fund the state share of reading teachers in the first year.
j.  The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall provide a report on the status of the reduction in primary class sizes to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations, House Education, Senate Finance, and Senate Education and Health Committees by December 1 of each year."

(This amendment would fully fund the K-3 Reduced Class Size Program to reach 100 percent of children in these grades, with student to teacher ratios of 15:1 in the highest poverty areas and no higher than 24:1 in the lowest poverty areas. In the first year, if school divisions cannot fully utilize these teachers to achieve the ratio specified for that division, divisions may use the difference to fund the first year state share of reading teachers.)