2004 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5001 (Conference Report)

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At-Risk Four-Year-Olds

Item 146 #5c

Item 146 #5c

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY2005 $22,588,552 FY2006 $28,075,678 GF

Page 105, line 15, strike "$2,920,427,133" and insert "$2,943,015,685".
Page 105, line 15, strike "$2,934,464,120" and insert "$2,962,539,798".
Page 122, line 39, strike "another program" and insert "Head Start program funding".
Page 122, line 44, after "full-day", insert "or half-day".
Page 122, line 47, after "establish", insert:
"academic standards that are in accordance with appropriate preparation for students to be ready to successfully enter into kindergarten.  These standards shall be established in such a manner as to be measurable for student achievement and success.  Students shall be required to be evaluated at specified times as determined appropriate by the Department of Education. Superintendents, or their designee, of each participating school division must certify that the At-Risk Four-Year-Old program follows the established standards in order to receive the funding".
Page 122, line 56, strike "sixty percent" and insert:
"90 percent the first year and 100 percent the second year".
Page 122, line 57, after "locality" insert "for a full-day program. Programs operating half-day shall receive state funds based on a fractional basis determined by the pro-rata portion of a full-day, school year program provided".
Page 123, strike lines 1 through 10.
Page 123, line 14, strike "May 15 of each year." and insert:
"June 30 the first year and May 15 the second year."
Page 123, line 37, strike "preschool".

(This amendment changes the funding formula for the at-risk four-year-olds program, also known as the Virginia Preschool Initiative, for the number of unserved four-year-olds from 60 percent up to 90 percent the first year and 100 percent the second year for participating localities. The amendment adds 100 percent of the students served by Title I as stipulated by the Code of Virginia § 22.1-199.1 and continues to exclude 100 percent of children who are served by Head Start programs or services. The amendment also includes new language for the establishment of academic standards for the program. Lastly, the amendment eliminates contingency language from House Bill 5001 as introduced.)