2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Lingamfelter
Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment (VA STAR)

Item 138 #2h

Item 138 #2h

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Direct Aid to Public Education FY2017 $300,000 FY2018 $300,000 GF

Page 106, line 5, strike "$27,391,970" and insert "$27,691,970".
Page 106, line 5, strike "$28,091,970" and insert "$28,391,970".

Page 108, line 35, strike "$250,000" and insert "$550,000".

Page 108, line 36, strike "$250,000" and insert "$550,000".


(This amendment provides $300,000 each year from the general fund to support the Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment (VA STAR) Program.  VA STAR is a collaborative effort of the Secretaries of Education and Technology and the Department of Education and General Services to introduce Virginia's students to the field of Information Technology (IT).  The ultimate goal of VA STAR, which is administered by the Prince William County school divisions, is to create a sustainable educational program that takes surplus hardware from state agencies or private companies in order to offer students IT repair certification.  Once refurbished, the computers are available for school use or distributed to students' families and community foundations needing them.  Still in its infancy, VA STAR already has more than 63 schools in 38 school divisions participating with divisions ranging in size from rural King William to urban Fairfax.  It has clearly demonstrated that it is an excellent teaching tool that also results in savings (King William has saved an estimated $45,000) to school divisions, and has established itself as a program that can be beneficial to school divisions across the Commonwealth.  This amendment continues funding necessary for VA STAR to continue the program within currently participating school divisions and to expand the number of participants through the 2016-18 biennium.)