1998 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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Teacher Training Program

Item 138 #58h

Item 138 #58h

First Year - FY1999 Second Year - FY2000
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY1999 $0 FY2000 ($15,098,881) GF

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a.  This appropriation includes $8,748,053 the first year from the general fund and $10,935,066 the second year from the general fund for the implementation and evaluation of comprehensive teacher  training programs at the local level in the four core content areas of the Standards of Learning (SOL) and leadership training for principals and appropriate administrators in implementing the SOLs.
b.  To receive training funds from this appropriation, a local school division must submit to the Department of Education, no later than September 15, 1998, for subsequent approval, a SOL Training Plan with the following components:  (i) how the division will meet core content expectations and objectives determined by the Department; (ii) training activities and timeline; (iii) evaluation plan; and (iv) an itemized budget that addresses components required in the Department's application for the funding.  In addition, the plan must include leadership training for division superintendents and principals, designed to be consistent with the Standards of Quality and to assist in the implementation of the SOL and the Standards of Accreditation.  For the development of their plans, and for the implementation of training, school divisions have the option of collaborating with other divisions.  
c.  Further, to receive training funds from this appropriation, school divisions must agree to participate in monitoring and evaluation activities to be coordinated by the Department of Education.  Evaluation data must include documentation of the training process, teacher participation rates, and changes in teacher competencies as determined by the Department of Education.   School divisions shall also collect and analyze formative evaluation data during the program, and may use the data to modify their training plans, with such modifications approved by the Department of Education in advance.
d.  With approved plans, school divisions will receive $200 per teacher in the SOL core content areas in the first year, and $250 per teacher in the SOL core content areas in the second year based on 60 percent of classroom teachers reported in the 1995-96 Annual School Report.  This funding does not require a local match.  School divisions shall not use these funds for any purpose not specified in this section and superintendents must certify to the Department of Education that they have complied with this requirement.  The funding shall supplement, not supplant, training programs currently provided with SOQ staff development funds.  School divisions shall carry over unexpended balances from this initiative and local governments must appropriate any such unexpended balances for this purpose in the second year.
e.  School divisions shall submit a final report to the Department of Education, describing program results, as supported by evaluation data.
f.  The Department of Education shall make annual progress reports on this training initiative to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations, House Education, Senate Finance, and Senate Education and Health Committees."
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(This amendment is self-explanatory.)