2018 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Peace
Virginia Preschool Initiative

Item 136 #25h

Item 136 #25h

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Direct Aid to Public Education FY2019 $50,000 FY2020 $0 GF

Page 115, line 10, strike "$6,943,460,098" and insert "$6,943,510,098".

Page 139, after line 2, insert:

"h. Beginning July 1, 2018, the Department of Education shall develop a plan to ensure that high quality is provided in the Virginia Preschool Initiative program and individual classrooms.  The plan shall detail how the Department will (i) monitor and assess the quality of teacher-child interactions within each preschool classroom at least once every two years, (ii) ensure the use of evidence-based curricula is implemented in each preschool classroom and take necessary corrective action if evidence-based curriculum is not used or effective, and, (iii) facilitate individualized professional development for Virginia Preschool Initiative classroom teachers to ensure the necessary teaching skills are aligned for the pedagogy of high quality preschool classroom experiences and (iv) provide informative and complete information about how Virginia Preschool Initiative funding, from all sources, supports quality preschool experiences for children enrolled in the local public school divisions in Virginia.  The plan shall also include details on the number of staff, tasks and duties, and possible funding needed to carry out these responsibilities.  The Department shall submit its plan to the Chairmen of House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by October 1, 2018."


(This amendment provides $50,000 the first year from the general fund and requires the Department of Education to develop a plan of action to ensure that the VPI program is effective and beneficial to at-risk four-old children enrolled in it.)