2014 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5002 (Floor Approved)

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Efficiency and Effectiveness of K12 School Spending (language only)

Item 30 #1h

Item 30 #1h

Legislative Department
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

Page 18, after line 33, insert:
"G. 1. As a component of the review for efficiency and effectiveness of public education spending in Virginia, pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 328 from the 2012 Session of the General Assembly, JLARC shall examine and include virtual instruction. The review of virtual instruction and spending may include, but not be limited to, (i) virtual options used in Virginia and other states and the rate of growth of the virtual school populations; (ii) the cost of virtual K-12 schooling for part-time and full-time enrollments, particularly in relation to the cost of conventional ‘brick-and-mortar’ education; and, (iii) the effectiveness of virtual schooling in terms of student academic achievement outcomes on assessment tests and course completion or graduation rates.
2. The Department of Education and local school divisions shall cooperate as requested by JLARC. All agencies of the Commonwealth shall provide assistance for this study, upon request."

(This language amendment is self-explanatory.)