2000 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Reynolds
Technology Funding (language only)

Item 143 #25s

Item 143 #25s

Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education

Page 122, after line 25, insert:
"e. 1)  An education technology grant program shall be conducted through the Virginia Public School Authority, through the issuance of equipment notes in an amount estimated at $50,000,000 in the Spring of 2001 and $50,000,000 in the Spring of 2002.  Proceeds fo the notes will be used to continue implementation of the Board of Education's Six-Year Educational Technology Plan for Virginia, including any modifications or revisions adopted during the 2000-02 biennium.
2)  Grant funds from the issuance of $50,000,000 in equipment notes in each year are based on an average grant of $26,000 per school.  For purposes of this grant program, eligible schools shall include those reporting membership as of September 30, 2001, as well as division and regional vocational centers, regional special education centers, regular school year regional Governor's Schools, and the Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.
3)  Localities are required to provide a match for these funds equal to 20 percent of the grant amount.  At least 25 percent of the local match shall be used for teacher training in the use of technology.  The Superintendent of Public Instruction is authorized to reduce the required local match for school divisions with a composite index of local ability-to-pay below 0.2000.  The Schools for the Deaf and the Blind are exempt from the match requirement.
4)  It is the intent of the General Assembly to appropriate Literary Fund revenues sufficient to pay debt service on the Virginia Public School Authority bonds authorized for this program.  In developing the proposed 2002-04, 2004-06 and 2006-08 biennial budget for public education, the Board of Education shall include a recommendation to the Governor to appropriate Literary Fund revenues sufficient to make debt services payments for this program in fiscal years 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007."
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Page 122, line 30, strike "f" and insert "g".
Page 123, line 1, strike "g" and insert "h".
Page 123, line 5, strike "h" and insert "i".

(This amendment continues the annual $50 million technology program for public schools. Funding would be provided through the issuance of Literary Fund equipment notes.)