2010 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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VPSA Technology Grants for FY 2012 (language only)

Item 132 #8h

Item 132 #8h

Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education

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"g.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
$57,792,000 in fiscal year 2012.  Proceeds of the notes will be used to establish a computer-based instructional and testing system for the Standards of Learning (SOL) and to develop the capability for high speed Internet connectivity at high schools followed by middle schools followed by elementary schools. By fiscal year
2012, high schools within the division shall administer 100 percent of SOL tests online; by fiscal year
2013, middle and high schools shall administer 100 percent of SOL tests online; and by fiscal year
2014, elementary, middle, and high schools shall administer 100 percent of SOL tests online.  School divisions shall use these funds first to develop and maintain the capability to support the administration of online SOL testing for all students with the exception of students with a documented need for a paper SOL test.
2) It is the intent of the General Assembly to authorize sufficient Literary Fund revenues to pay debt service on the Virginia Public School Authority bonds or notes authorized for education technology grant programs
in fiscal year 2012.  In developing the proposed 2012-14, 2014-2016, and 2016-2018 biennial budgets for public education, the Board of Education shall include a recommendation to the Governor to authorize sufficient Literary Fund revenues to make debt service payments for these programs in fiscal years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
3) Grant funds from the issuance of  $57,792,000 in fiscal year 2012 in equipment notes are based on a grant of $26,000 per school and $50,000 per school division.  For purposes of this grant program, eligible schools shall include schools that are subject to state accreditation and reporting membership in grades K through 12 as of
September 30, 2011, for the fiscal year 2012 issuance, as well as regional vocational centers, special education centers, alternative education centers, regular school year Governor's Schools, and the School for the Deaf and the Blind.  Schools that serve only pre-kindergarten students shall not be eligible for this grant.
4) Supplemental grants shall be allocated to eligible divisions to support schools that are not fully accredited in accordance with this paragraph. Schools that administer SOL tests in Spring 2011 and that are not fully accredited based on school accreditation ratings in effect for fiscal year 2012 will qualify for a supplemental grant of $26,000 per school in fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014 pursuant to the requirements of paragraph g.7)c).  Schools eligible to receive these three-year supplemental grants shall receive them only one time.
5) Required local match:
a) Localities are required to provide a match for these funds equal to 20 percent of the grant amount, including the supplemental grants provided pursuant to paragraph g.5).  At least 25 percent of the local match shall be used for teacher training in the use of instructional 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 School for the Deaf and the Blind is exempt from the match requirement.
b) School divisions that administer 100 percent of SOL tests online in all elementary, middle, and high schools may use up to 75 percent of their required local match to purchase targeted technology-based interventions.  Such interventions may include the necessary technology and software to support online learning, technology-based content systems, content management systems, technology equipment systems, information and data management systems, and other appropriate technologies that support the individual needs of learners.  School divisions that receive supplemental grants of $26,000 per school pursuant to paragraph g.4) and where 100 percent of SOL tests are administered online in the schools receiving the supplemental grants shall give first priority to purchasing these technology-based interventions as well as teacher training in the use of the interventions from their required local match.
6) The goal of the education technology grant program is to improve the instructional, remedial, and testing capabilities of the Standards of Learning for local school divisions and to increase the number of schools achieving full accreditation.
7) Funds shall be used in the following manner:
a) Each division shall use funds to reach a goal, in each high school, of (1) a 5-to-1 student to computer ratio; (2) an Internet-ready local area network (LAN) capability; and (3) high speed access to the Internet.  School connectivity (computers, LANs and network access) shall include sufficient download/upload capability to ensure that each student will have adequate access to Internet-based instructional, remedial and assessment programs.
b) When each high school in a division meets the goals established in paragraph a) above, the remaining funds shall be used to develop similar capability in first the middle schools and then the elementary schools.
c) School divisions shall be eligible to apply for and receive supplemental grants of $26,000 per qualifying school pursuant to paragraph g.4).  These supplemental grants shall be used first for the purpose of developing and maintaining capacity to support 100 percent online SOL testing of all students in qualifying schools and helping the schools achieve full accreditation with the assistance of targeted technology-based interventions.  Any purchase of technology-based interventions as described in paragraph g.5)b) with supplemental grant funds must be qualifying expenses under the technology notes program.  Eligibility for these funds requires divisions to submit an application and plan that includes goals, objectives, strategies, and a timeline for implementation.  Division plans will be reviewed and approved by the Superintendent of Public Instruction prior to disbursement of the supplemental grant funds.
d) Pursuant to § 15.2-1302, Code of Virginia, and in the event that two or more school divisions became one school division, whether by consolidation of only the school divisions or by consolidation of the local governments, such resulting division shall be provided funding through this program on the basis of having the same number of school divisions as existed prior to September 30, 2000.
8) Local school divisions shall maximize the use of available federal funds, including E-Rate Funds, and to the extent possible, use such funds to supplement the program and meet the goals of this program."
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(This language amendment provides $57.8 million of Virginia Public School Authority technology grants in the second year to school divisions.)