2015 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1400 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hester
Expand Extended School Year Grants

Item 135 #13h

Item 135 #13h

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY2015 $0 FY2016 $6,900,000 GF

Page 110, line 17, strike "$16,828,349" and insert "$23,728,349".
Page 112, line 53, strike "$2,400,000" and insert "$9,300,000".

(This amendment provides an additional $6.9 million the second year from general funds to requests for planning grants and start-up funds for those school divisions that adopt an extended year or extended school day models. Year-round schools with additional instruction during intercessions improve student performance, especially among minority students. There has been a tremendous amount of interest by school divisions in adopting extended year school schedules. The amount of available funding is not enough to meet the demand for implementing extended school years. There are up to 15 school divisions with 31 schools that have shown an interest in extended school year schedules. At least 2 school divisions rejected the state start up grants for fiscal year 2015 due to inadequate funding to be able to implement an extended school year schedule and because it was far below the authorized $300,000 per school. Requests for state extended school year planning grants and start-up funding have been greater than expected. Implementation grant requests for at least 17 schools in fiscal year 2016 will likely exceed the existing appropriation of $2.4 million, leading to a proration of implementation grants based on prioritizing school systems demonstrating the greatest need.)