2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Greason
Dedicate Portion of At-Risk Add-on (language only)

Item 139 #9h

Item 139 #9h

Direct Aid to Public Education


Page 125, after line 41, insert:

"c. The additional payment from the Lottery Proceeds Fund for students who are educationally at-risk includes $6,582,400 the first year and $6,582,400 the second year for school divisions to acquire language and literacy technology for students in grades Pre-K through 3.  Such funds may only be used for language and literacy technology available through statewide optional use contract administered by the Department of Education.  The Department of Education shall initiate a request for proposal to select at least three language and literacy development and teaching software programs to be made available to all divisions for students in grades Pre-K through 3 identified as educationally at-risk.  The resultant contracts shall be made available for use by all school divisions and include statewide volume discount based pricing."


(This language amendment directs $6.6 million each year of the new funding proposed in the introduced budget for the At-Risk Add-on and dedicates it specifically for language and literary technology for grades Pre-K through 3.  Such technology has proven effective in substantially improving literacy and language skills among educationally at-risk students.  To achieve the lowest price possible, the amendment also directs the Department of Education to procure the technology and make the resultant contract available on an optional use basis to all school divisions. The Department of Education is further instructed to leverage the combined purchasing power of all school divisions by securing statewide volume discount based pricing.)