1999 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Reynolds
Education costs of Suspended and Expelled Students

Item 138 #12s

Item 138 #12s

First Year - FY1999 Second Year - FY2000
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY1999 $21,831,848 FY2000 $22,374,665 GF

Page 112, line 10, strike "$2,156,202,347" and insert "$2,178,034,195".
Page 112, line 10, strike "$2,253,054,721" and insert "$2,275,429,386".
Page 127, after line 6, insert "f.  An additional state payment estimated at $21,831,848 the first year and $22,374,665 the second year from the general fund shall be disbursed by the Department of Education to local school divisions to support the state share of continuing the education of suspended and expelled students.  These funds shall be matched by the local government, based on the composite index of local ability-to-pay."

(This amendment provides funds for the continuing education of students who have been suspended or expelled from public school attendance. Due to data limitations regarding the total number of days suspended or expelled by each student and the outdated information which is available, the funding provided is an estimate of the cost necessary to provide these services. Data used in calculating this estimate is from 1993-94, with 112 of 133 school divisions reporting. Using projections forward to the 1998-00 biennium, it is estimated that approximately 95,000 students in 1999 and 96,500 students in 2000 will be suspended or expelled from Virginia public schools. Such figures include suspensions of one or more days.)