2017 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Conference Report)

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Power Scholars Academy (language only)

Item 139 #11c

Item 139 #11c

Direct Aid to Public Education


Page 142, after line 32, insert:

"3) From the amounts provided for Remedial Summer School, there is hereby appropriated $300,000 the second year from the general fund to support pilot public-private partnerships between local school divisions and the Greater Richmond and Central Virginia affiliates of the Virginia Alliance of YMCAs to expand student participation opportunities in existing summer Power Scholars Academies in such partnered school divisions.  The Virginia Alliance of YMCAs shall prepare and submit an evaluation report for such pilot partnerships between the school divisions and the Greater Richmond and Central Virginia YMCA affiliates to the Chairmen of House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees no later than October 31, 2018."


(This amendment provides $300,000 the second year from the Remedial Summer School assistance program funding to support a pilot public-private partnership between school divisions and the Virginia Alliance of YMCAs. The funding will enable Richmond City, Amherst and Lynchburg schools to enhance summer school learning and retention by expanding their programs with the YMCA. The Greater Richmond YMCA partnered with Richmond City during 2016 and served 87 students in the summer Power Scholars Academy, resulting in an average gain of two months in reading skills and one month gain in math comprehension for these students. In addition, the YMCA Central Virginia partnership with Lynchburg and Amherst school divisions had 71 students participate in the summer Power Scholars Academy who demonstrated an average of three-month gains in reading and two-month gains in math.)