2011 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Miller, J.
After School Ensemble Music in NN

Item 131 #1s

Item 131 #1s

First Year - FY2011 Second Year - FY2012
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY2011 $0 FY2012 $50,000 GF

Page 103, line 30, strike "$7,632,461" and insert "$7,682,461".
Page 105, after line 14, insert:
"K. Out of this appropriation, $50,000 the second year from the general fund shall be allocated for the Soundscapes after school music program in Newport News working to transform the lives of at-risk children through the joy and discipline of playing ensemble music."

(This amendment provides funding for the Soundscapes after school program that is modeled on the internationally recognized children's orchestra program in Venezuela known as "El Sistema," which has 35 years of proven results with as many as 350,000 students participating every year. This is one of a handful of new such programs under development in the United States. In 2009, the program was piloted in one Newport News elementary school in which 72 percent of the students are considered economically disadvantaged. The goal is ultimately to replicate the program throughout Hampton Roads. The Virginia Symphony and other community partners help support this local program.)