2014 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - SB5003 (Committee Approved)

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Project Discovery Post-Secondary Access

Item 135 #3s

Item 135 #3s

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY2015 $1,000,000 FY2016 $1,000,000 GF

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(This amendment restores and provides additional state funding for Project Discovery of Virginia, which helps at-risk students stay in high school and enter college. Project Discovery alumni graduate from high school and attend college at higher rates than their socioeconomic peers. Federal support has been eliminated or reduced in recent years, including a loss of $435,000 from the federal College Access Challenge Grant as Virginia did not meet the maintenance of effort requirement. As a result, program reserves were depleted in FY 2014, leaving the program's financial future in doubt. This amendment will support existing programs, including Abingdon, Charlottesville, Chesapeake, Franklin, Henrico, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Shenandoah, Tazewell, Williamsburg, and others; support continued expansion identified in a 2009 SCHEV study to be funded under the now eliminated federal college access challenge grant, such as Page, Shenandoah, Fredericksburg, Colonial Heights, Petersburg, and Dinwiddie; and if possible support expansion into newer areas also identified in the 2009 SCHEV study, such as Campbell, Halifax, Hanover, and Spotsylvania.)