2015 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1400 (Conference Report)

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Consolidate Breakfast Programs (language only)

Item 136 #13c

Item 136 #13c

Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education

Page 143, strike line 22, and insert:
"fund during the 2015-2016 school year either, an elementary school breakfast pilot program available on a voluntary basis at elementary schools where student eligibility for free or reduced lunch exceeds 45.0 percent for the participating school, or to provide additional reimbursement for eligible meals served in the current traditional school breakfast program at all grade levels in any participating school.  The elementary schools participating in the pilot program shall evaluate the educational impact of the models implemented that provide school breakfasts to students after the first bell of the school day, based on the guidelines developed by the Department of Education and submit the required report to the Department of Education no later June 30, 2016."
Page 143, line 23, strike "day."
Page 143, line 28, strike "Beginning in" and insert "For".
Page 143, line 30, strike "that meets" and insert "meets either of".
Page 143, line 30, after " established criteria" insert:
"No later than July 1, 2015, the Department of Education shall provide for a pilot breakfast program application process for school divisions with eligible elementary schools, including guidelines regarding specified required data to be compiled from the prior school year or years and during the one-year pilot.  The number of approved applications shall be based on the estimated number of pilot sites that can be accommodated within the approved funding level.  The reporting requirements must include: student attendance and tardy arrivals, office discipline referrals, student achievement measures, teachers' responses to the impact of the pilot program before and after implementation, and the financial impact on the division's school food program. The Department of Education  shall collect and compile the results of the pilot breakfast program and no later than August 1, 2016 shall submit the report to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees."

(This language amendment provides flexibility to school divisions such that they can participate in a new pilot 'Breakfast After the Bell' model for their elementary schools where student eligibility for free or reduced lunch is greater than 45.0 percent; or the schools have the option to continue to expand the existing traditional school breakfast program to receive additional reimbursement for meals to all grade level students. Schools participating in the pilot shall evaluate and submit a report on the impact, including certain itemized components. DOE shall compile the aggregated results and submit to the Governor and the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees.)