2015 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Floor Approved)

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Extended School Year

Item 135 #5s

Item 135 #5s

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY2015 $0 FY2016 $7,700,000 GF

Page 110, line 17, strike "$16,828,349" and insert "$24,528,349".
Page 112, line 53, after "R." insert:
"Targeted Extended School Year Payments".
Page 112, line 53, strike "and $2,400,000 the second year".
Page 112, after line 58, insert:
"2.  Out of this appropriation, $10,100,000 the second year from the general fund is provided for a targeted extended school year incentive in order to improve student achievement.  Start-up grants of up to $300,000 per school for a period of three years after the initial implementation year, depending on the extended school year model adopted, with full funding for schools that operate with at least 20 additional days of instruction. The per school amount may be up to $400,000 in the case of schools Denied Accreditation.  
After an eligible program's third year, per school funding shall be provided based on the state's share.  Schools shall remain eligible for the state's share of on-going funding for extended school year if they are (i) not fully accredited, (ii) are designated priority or focus schools, or (iii) have student eligibility for free or reduced lunch of greater than 50 percent."

(This amendment provides funding to increase from $2.4 million to $10.1 million funding for a targeted extended school year incentive and establishes a predictable funding formula to encourage those school divisions that may most benefit from adding additional instructional days distributed throughout the year to do so. Funding is based on start-up grants of $300,000 per school for a three-year period to establish extended school year programs in certain eligible schools and the state's share of on-going funding beyond the three-year initial period. The per school amounts may be up to $400,000 in the case of schools that were Denied Accreditation at the time of initial implementation as an additional incentive amount. To date, at least 31 schools in 13 school divisions either have extended year programs, had been awarded planning grants or start-up grants, or have expressed interest. In addition to existing programs in 11 schools in Bristol, Henrico, Loudoun, Lynchburg, and Richmond -- in FY 2015, Petersburg, Galax and Henrico received start-up grants to begin extended school year programs in six schools for the 2014-15 school year; Roanoke also received a start-up grant for three schools; and Harrisonburg, Manassas Park, and Radford received planning grants for nine schools.)