2018 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Guzman
Co-Patron(s): Hurst, Tran
HB255 Public Preschool Fund and Grant Program

Item 136 #14h

Item 136 #14h

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Direct Aid to Public Education FY2019 $267,664,317 FY2020 $268,650,593 GF

Page 115, line 10, strike "$6,943,460,098" and insert "$7,211,124,415".
Page 115, line 10, strike "$7,035,917,306" and insert "$7,304,567,899".

Page 116, after line 19, insert:

"Virginia Preschool Initiative (split-funded)         $267,664,317    $268,650,593".

Page 116, line 20, strike "$123,990,274" and "$179,328,935" and insert:

"$391,654,591" and "$447,979,528".

Page 136, line 44, after "estimated at", insert:

"$267,664,317 the first year and $268,650,593 the second year from the general fund and".


(This amendment provides $267.7 million the first year and $268.6 million the second year from the general fund for the fiscal impact of House Bill 255 which establishes the Public Preschool Fund and Grant Program for the purpose of funding and providing on a competitive basis grants to local school boards to establish and maintain public preschool programs for children and who will have reached their fourth birthday on or before September 30 in the current school year. The bill requires the Department of Education (DOE) to administer the Public Preschool Grant Program and establish (i) guidelines and procedures for grant applications, awards, and renewals; (ii) standards for preschool programs established and maintained by grant recipients, including standards for curriculum, student achievement, attendance, instruction, personnel, and length of school day and school year; and (iii) data collection and reporting requirements for grant recipients. The bill further requires the DOE to give priority to grant applicants who propose a plan for the innovative use of facilities in the local school division to house the proposed public preschool program, including community centers and recreation centers. The goal and objective of the proposed legislation is to enable school divisions and private providers to provide additional classroom space such that all four-year-old children may attend a preschool program, as pursuant to House Bill 255. The proposed funding for this amendment is contingent on the passage of House Bill 255.)