2014 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - SB5003 (Committee Approved)

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At-Risk Preschool

Item 136 #6s

Item 136 #6s

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY2015 $3,637,008 FY2016 $5,009,076 GF

Page 107, line 50, strike "$6,168,046,960" and insert "$6,171,683,968".
Page 107, line 50, strike "$6,217,037,169" and insert "$6,222,046,245".
Page 129, line 20, after "$6,000 grant" insert "in the first year and $6,098 grant in the second year".
Page 129, line 23, after "budget." insert "In no case shall a school division be eligible for fewer slots than they actually used for this program in FY 2014."
Page 129, after line 32, insert:
"b) Beginning with the FY 2016 budget year, Head Start count information shall be based on the most recent data available each fall, and shall be updated annually."

(This amendment 1) funds Virginia Preschool Initiative for At-Risk Four-Year-Olds (VPI) slots at the greater of the values in the budget as introduced or FY 2014 actual slots used, 2) increases in the second year the per pupil amount by almost $100, and 3) directs the Department of Education to update Head Start count data used in the formula for the VPI, and 4) continues to allow expansion grants if any balances remain, per existing language. To determine the number of slots funded per locality, the number of four-year-olds served in Head Start is subtracted from the estimated number of at-risk four-year-olds by locality.  Currently, the initial Head Start count data is not updated during the biennium. For example, for the 2014-16 biennium, the Head Start count would be based on the 2012-13 school year. Given the federal reductions to Head Start during the 2013-14 school year, updating the data for FY 2016 would likely provide some slots back to school divisions that lost funding due to sequestration a year sooner. Preliminary information from the Department of Social Services indicates the Head Start count may have been reduced by about 1,000 children in the 2013-14 school year.)