2015 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Conference Report)

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Clarifies PreK Eligibility (language only)

Item 136 #11c

Item 136 #11c

Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education

Page 136, line 41, strike "In the second year only, additional slots shall,".
Page 136, strike lines 42 through 51.
Page 136, after line 51, insert  "Programs operating".
Page 137, line 14, strike "The number of eligible children".
Page 137, strike lines 15 and 16.
Page 137, strike lines 50 and 51.
Page 137, after line 51, insert:
"d.1) Local plans must indicate the number of at-risk four-year-old children to be served, and the eligibility criteria for participation in this program shall be consistent with the economic and educational risk factors stated in the 2014-2015 programs guidelines that are specific to: (i) family income at or below 200 percent of poverty, (ii) homelessness, (iii) student's parents or guardians are school dropouts, or (iv) family income is less than 350 percent of federal poverty guidelines in the case of students with special needs or disabilities.
2) The Department of Education is directed to compile from each school division the aggregated information as to the number of enrolled students whose families are (i) at or below 130 percent of poverty, and (ii) above 130 percent but below 200 percent of poverty.  The Department shall report this information annually, after the application and fall participation reports are submitted to the Department from the school divisions, to the Chairmen of House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees.  In addition, the Department will post and maintain the summary information by division on the Department's website in keeping with current student privacy policies."
Page 137, line 52, strike "d.1)" and insert "e.1)".
Page 138, line 10, strike "e." and insert "f."

(This language amendment better aligns the Virginia Preschool Initiative program's participation eligibility with the program's funding formula.)