2000 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Moss
Co-Patron(s): Blevins, Councill, Cranwell, Diamonstein, Drake, Grayson, Jackson, Joannou, Jones, C., Jones, D.C., Jones, J.C., Melvin, Purkey, Robinson, Tata, Wagner, Wardrup, Watts, Williams
Increase Teaching Scholarships

Item 137 #3h

Item 137 #3h

First Year - FY2001 Second Year - FY2002
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Education, Central Office Operations, Department of FY2001 $816,000 FY2002 $816,000 GF

Page 91, line 38, strike "$1,638,983" and insert "$2,454,983".
Page 91, line 38, strike "$1,645,259" and insert "$2,461,259".
Page 92, line 3, strike "$300,000" and insert "$1,116,000".
Page 92, line 4, strike
"$300,000" and insert "$1,116,000".
Page 92, line 7, strike "junior" and insert "sophomore".
Page 92, line 8, strike "Students" and insert:
"Freshman students may be nominated if their high school grade point average was at least 2.7. These scholarships will be awarded annually to undergraduate students at accredited public or private four-year institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth, who (i) are enrolled full-time or part-time in an approved teacher education program in a critical teacher shortage discipline, such as"
Page 92, strike line 9.
Page 92, line 10, strike "programs for".
Page 92, line 12, after "education" insert:
"; or (ii) have committed to teaching in a high-poverty area in the Commonwealth".
Page 92, line 16, after "program." insert:
"The Board of Education shall determine criteria for identifying high poverty areas in the Commonwealth.  The Board's criteria for determining high-poverty areas shall include, but not be limited to, high concentrations of at-risk students, as defined by the Board, and the percentages of residents with incomes at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level.  For those scholarship applicants committed to teach in a high-poverty area, the Board of Education, may in extenuating circumstances, allow a cumulative grade point average of 2.5."
Page 92, line 22, after "Virginia." insert:
"Scholarship amounts are based on $3,720 per year for full-time students, and shall be prorated for part-time students based on the number of credit hours."

(This amendment would increase, by at least 200 students each year, the number of Virginia students receiving Teaching Scholarship Loans. It also allows freshman and sophomore students, and part-time students, to receive scholarship assistance. In addition, students desiring to teach in high-poverty areas, not just in certain disciplines, could receive scholarships.)