2001 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1600 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hamilton
VA Educational Excellence Incentive Reward Fund

Item 141 #18h

Item 141 #18h

First Year - FY2001 Second Year - FY2002
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY2001 $0 FY2002 $5,000,000 GF

Page 126, line 17, strike "$330,982,879" and insert "$335,982,879".
Page 130, after line 25, insert:
"12.a.  Out of the amounts for Financial Assistance for General Education, the Department of Education shall disburse $5,000,000 for the Virginia Educational Excellence Incentive Reward Program.  The program shall be administered by the Board of Education, and shall be disbursed to award incentive grants to public schools meeting certain performance criteria established by the Board and to support nonmonetary awards recognizing exemplary performance by teachers, administrators, and students across the Commonwealth.
b.  The Board shall establish performance criteria for determining eligibility of public schools to receive incentive grants.  Such criteria shall include annual performance benchmarks for individual public schools developed with the assistance of division superintendents and shall recognize improved and exceptional educational performance in the Commonwealth's public schools.  The criteria may be based upon, but shall not be limited to, various school and pupil performance indicators, such as pupil academic performance; Standards of Learning end-of-course assessment scores; student and teacher attendance rates; graduation rates; and parental and community involvement.  In establishing such award criteria, the Board may consider school population information, such as the percentage of students speaking English as a second language, community education and income levels, local ability-to-pay measures, and schoolwide and divisionwide enrollments.
c.  The Board shall establish procedures for determining the amounts for incentive grants to public schools.  The incentive grants shall be calculated on a per-teacher basis and may be used for salary bonuses, professional development, school improvement funds, or other educational initiatives or expenses approved by the Board."

(This amendment provides funds to implement the provisions of Chapter 903 of the 1998 Acts of Assembly.)