2013 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Committee Approved)

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Add Language for Reading Specialist Initiative (language only)

Item 139 #8h

Item 139 #8h

Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education

Page 144, after line 31, insert:
“38. Reading Specialists Initiative
a.  An additional payment of $1,433,116 the second year from the general fund shall be disbursed by the Department of Education to qualifying local school divisions for the purpose of providing a reading specialist for any school that has a school-wide pass rate of less than 75 percent on the third grade reading Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments.
b. These payments shall be based on the state’s share of the cost of providing one reading specialist per qualifying school based on the 2011-2012 SOL pass rates for reading.
c. These payments are available to any school division with a qualifying school that (1) certifies to the Department of Education that the division has hired a reading specialist to provide direct services to children reading below grade level in the school to improve reading achievement and (2) applies and receives a waiver for up to two years from the Board of Education for the administration of third grade SOL assessments in science or history and social science for the purpose of creating additional instructional time for reading specialists to work with students reading below grade level to improve reading achievement."

(This amendment provides details regarding the implementation of this initiative, including eligibility criteria.)