2017 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Committee Approved)

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SPARKS Summer Program

Item 138 #3h

Item 138 #3h

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Direct Aid to Public Education FY2017 $0 FY2018 $200,000 GF

Page 118, line 46, strike "$28,993,945" and insert "$29,193,945".

Page 125, after line 48, insert:

"DD. Out of this appropriation, $200,000 the second year from the general fund is provided to the Newport News school division to administer the SPARKS pilot program for at-risk youth.  The Program provides a safe environment for children during the summer with meaningful instruction. As a condition for receiving this allocation, the program shall be required to meet a maintenance of effort (MOE) obligation for the second year."


(This amendment provides $200,000 the second year from the general fund to the Newport News school division for the SPARKS summer enrichment program. The risk of the achievement gap over the summer is reduced when students have a safe environment, breakfast, lunch, and meaningful instruction over the months where there are not as many educational opportunities available. In 2015, the Newport News Public Schools System had an unexpected surplus and chose to invest in starting a pilot SPARKS 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 SPARKS program, in conjunction with a summer employment program, was attributed to helping reduce juvenile arrest by 27% in 2015. In 2016, the program was expanded from 2,000 students in one area of the city to 6,000 students from multiple areas of the city that have high numbers of youth in high crime and impoverished areas.)