2016 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hanger
Co-Patron(s): Carrico, McDougle
Pre K-3 At Risk Literacy Technology (language only)

Item 139 #30s

Item 139 #30s

Direct Aid to Public Education


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“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 thought 3. Such funds may only be used for language and literacy technology available through statewide optional use contracts 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 thought 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 amendment designates $6,582,400 the first year and $6,582,400 the second year of the increase in the introduced budget for Remedial Education Payments as the state share of the cost of acquiring language and literacy instructional technology for students in grades Pre-K through 3 to supplement traditional teaching methods.Such technology has proven effective in substantially improving literacy and language skills among educationally at risk students. , with a specific increase in payments for students defined as educationally at risk. 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 is further instructed to leverage the combined purchasing power of all school divisions by securing statewide volume discount based pricing.)