2015 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Floor Approved)

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Teacher Salary Increase

Item 136 #1s

Item 136 #1s

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY2015 $0 FY2016 $50,409,472 GF

Page 113, line 32, strike "$6,333,616,326" and insert "$6,384,025,798".
Page 145, after 1ine 5, insert:
"36. Compensation Supplements
a.1) Subject to revenue estimates for Fiscal Year 2015 being met or exceeded, there is herewith appropriated a sum of $50,200,747 from the general fund in the second year to be used only for compensation supplements as stated in paragraphs 2) and 3) below.
2) The appropriation in this item includes $50,200,747 the second year from the general fund for the state share of a payment equivalent to a 1.5 percent salary incentive increase, calculated based on ten months, for funded SOQ instructional and support positions.  Funded SOQ instructional positions shall include the teacher, guidance counselor, librarian, instructional aide, principal, and assistant principal positions funded through the SOQ staffing standards for each school division in the biennium.
3) It is the intent of the General Assembly that the instructional and support position salaries be improved in school divisions throughout the state by at least 1.5 percent in the second year.  Sufficient funds are appropriated in this act to finance, on a statewide basis, the state share of a 1.5 percent salary increase for funded SOQ instructional and support positions, for ten months, to school divisions which certify to the Department of Education, by June 15, 2015, that salary increases of at least a minimum of 1.5 percent have been provided in the first or second year by January 1, 2016, to instructional and support personnel.  In certifying that the salary increases have been provided, school divisions may not include any salary increases that were provided in the second year solely to offset the cost of required member contributions to the Virginia Retirement System under § 51.1-144, Code of Virginia.
b. The state funds for which the division is eligible to receive shall be matched by the local government, based on the composite index of local ability-to-pay, which shall be calculated using an effective date of January 1, 2016, as the basis for the local match requirement for both funded SOQ instructional and support positions.
c. This funding is not intended as a mandate to increase salaries.
Page 142, after line 48, insert: "i. The per pupil amount for Governor's Schools includes an additional $71.50 per pupil as an add-on for the 1.5 percent compensation supplement."

(This amendment provides $50.2 million for the state's share of a 1.5 percent salary increase for funded SOQ instructional and support positions. Although funding is calculated based on ten months of the year, local school divisions have the flexibility to determine the specific effective date, no later than January 1, 2016. In FY 2014, the last time the state provided compensation supplement incentive funding, 14 school divisions did not provide the minimum salary increase in order to qualify for the state matching funds. In addition, in FY 2015 when the state did not provide any incentive, all but 36 school divisions did take some local action to address teacher salaries. A corresponding additional amount of $208,725 is included to increase the Governor's Schools per pupil amount by a like increase.)