2000 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Conference Report)

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Increase Teaching Scholarships

Item 137 #3c

Item 137 #3c

First Year - FY2001 Second Year - FY2002
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Education, Central Office Operations, Department of FY2001 $263,000 FY2002 $258,000 GF

Page 91, line 38, strike "$1,638,983" and insert "$1,901,983".
Page 91, line 38, strike "$1,645,259" and insert "$1,903,259".
Page 92, line 3, after "B.", insert "1."
Page 92, line 3, strike "$300,000" and insert "$558,000".
Page 92, line 4, strike
"$300,000" and insert "$558,000".
Page 92, line 7, strike "junior" and insert "sophomore".
Page 92, line 9, after "enrolled", insert:
"full-time or part-time".
Page 92, line 9, after "approved", insert:
"undergraduate or graduate".
Page 92, line 10, after "for", insert:
"critical teacher shortage disciplines, such as".
Page 92, line 16, after "program" insert:
"; therefore, this provision shall satisfy the requirements for the Diversity in Teaching Initiative and Fund, pursuant to House Bills 1404 and 1408 and Senate Bills 630, 652, and 737 of the Acts of Assembly of 2000.  Scholarship recipients may fulfill the teaching obligation by accepting a teaching position (i) in one of the critical teacher shortage disciplines; or (ii) regardless of teaching discipline, in a school with a high concentration of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch; or (iii) at grade levels with a shortage of teachers; or (iv) in a rural or urban region of the state with a teacher shortage.  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."
Page 92, after line 22, insert:
"2.  An additional payment of $5,000 the first year from the general fund is provided for the Department to provide outreach materials to promote the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program at colleges and universities."

(This amendment would increase by at least 50 students each year the number of Virginia students receiving Teaching Scholarship Loans, consistent with the intent behind legislation passed by the 2000 General Assembly. It also allows sophomore students, graduate students, and part-time students to receive scholarship assistance. In addition, the program is expanded to encourage teaching in high poverty areas, and rural or urban areas with teacher shortages, as well as in critical discipline areas.)