2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Price
SPARK Program

Item 138 #12h

Item 138 #12h

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Direct Aid to Public Education FY2017 $350,000 FY2018 $0 GF

Page 106, line 5, strike "$27,391,970" and insert "$27,741,970".

Page 111, after line 11, insert:

Y. Out of this appropriation, $350,000 the first year from the general fund is provided to the Newport News School Division to administer the SPARK pilot program for at-risk youth.  The Program provides a safe environment for children during the summer with meaningful instruction."


(This amendment provides $350,000 the first year from the general fund is provided to the Newport News school division for the SPARK pilot program. In 2015, the Newport News Public Schools System had an unexpected surplus and chose to invest in starting the SPARK program for students residing in the southeast community of Newport News. That area had been riddled with gang activity, high numbers of youth violent crimes, and Large concentrated pockets of poverty. The SPARK program, in conjunction with the STEP program, was attributed to helping reduce summer crime by 17%. The school system is looking to expand the program to also include students and schools in the north end of the city, where youth and violent crime is on an uptick.)