2014 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5002 (Floor Approved)

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Juvenile Detention Centers

Item 136 #14h

Item 136 #14h

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY2015 ($250,000) FY2016 ($250,000) GF

Page 107, line 50, strike "$6,168,046,960" and insert "$6,167,796,960".
Page 107, line 50, strike "$6,217,037,169" and insert "$6,216,787,169".
d. By October 15, 2014, the Department of Education shall present to the Virginia Board of Education, options for increasing student to teacher ratios or possible other saving alternatives, including a request for the State Board of Education or federal government to consider waiving certain teacher staffing requirements given the uniqueness of the Detention Centers’ settings, prorating state funding if localities choose to provide classrooms that are based on unnecessary gender separation, whether there may be other possible options for achieving efficiencies within the 23 centers that could be based on regional groupings relative to proximity, working with the Department of Juvenile Justice and Department of Correctional Education if appropriate, and a review of how other states handle education in juvenile detention centers.   The Department shall also submit the report to the Chairmen of House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by October 31, 2014."

(This amendment captures $250,000 in savings each year from the general fund by reducing funding by about one percent for teacher staffing in the state operated juvenile detention centers. Based on 2012-2013 data, there were an average of 334 students in the 23 centers. The new language also requires the Department of Education to submit a report to the Chairmen of Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees.)