2015 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1400 (Committee Approved)

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Establish Joint Subcommittee on PreK Reform (language only)

Item 1 #1h

Item 1 #1h

Legislative Department
General Assembly of Virginia

Page 10, after line 22, insert:
"Q.1. The Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees shall each appoint up to five members from their respective committees to a Joint Subcommittee to provide recommendations for reforming the Virginia Preschool Initiative.  The goals and objectives of the Joint Subcommittee will be to consider increasing accountability, flexibility, innovation, clarification of the state's role and policy relating to providing a preschool for economically disadvantaged children, and to further develop the facilitation of partnerships between school divisions and private providers for the Virginia Preschool Initiative.  The Subcommittee will also review and consider possible recommendations regarding the development of a competency-based professional development framework for early childhood teachers in public schools and early learning practitioners in private early learning settings.
2. The staff of the Elementary and Secondary Education subcommittees for the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees and the Department of Education will help with the facilitation of the scope of work to be completed by the Joint Subcommittee.  The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation will provide support and resources to the members and staff of the Joint Subcommittee.  Other stakeholders, such as those from the Virginia Department of Social Services, the Virginia Community College System, local school divisions, private and faith-based child day-care providers, accredited organizations, education associations and businesses may provide additional information if requested.
3. A  report of any preliminary findings and recommendations shall be submitted to the Chairmen of House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by November 1, 2015."

(This amendment is self-explanatory.)