2007 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1650 (Conference Report)

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Early Childhood Education Program Pilots in VPI

Item 135 #6c

Item 135 #6c

First Year - FY2007 Second Year - FY2008
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY2007 $0 FY2008 ($2,081,484) GF

Page 131, line 19, strike "$6,004,522,879" and insert "$6,002,441,395".
Page 157, strike line 45.
Page 160, strike line 9 through 19 and insert:
"f. Out of this appropriation, $2,557,266 is provided to the Department of Education to enter into agreements during the 2007-2008 school year with school divisions to pilot early childhood development programs.  Eligibility shall be limited to those school divisions that have existing partnerships with private and/or non-profit providers as of the 2006-2007 school year.  School divisions that elect to participate under this pilot shall use the funding to expand the availability of early childhood education programs for at-risk students not served in those school divisions.  Participating school divisions will be required to evaluate the providers using the Quality Standards checklist recommended by the National Institute for Early Education Research.  The Department of Education shall compile and submit an interim report by December 1, 2007 to the Governor, and the Chairmen of House Committee on Appropriations, House Committee on Education, Senate Committee on Finance and Senate Committee on Health and Education that includes, but is not limited to, the number of school divisions participating, number of students served, and the benchmarks used to evaluate the pilot; and the final findings of these evaluations shall be submitted within ninety days after the completion of the school year.”

(This amendment reduces $2.1 million the second year proposed in the introduced budget for preschool pilot projects. Remaining new funding of $2.6 million will be allocated to those eligible school divisions that have existing partnerships with private / non-profit providers and elect to participate in the pilot for at-risk preschool students not served.)