2018 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Peace
Virginia Preschool Initiative

Item 136 #26h

Item 136 #26h

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Direct Aid to Public Education FY2019 $250,000 FY2020 $250,000 GF

Page 115, line 10, strike "$6,943,460,098" and insert "$6,943,710,098".
Page 115, line 10, strike "$7,035,917,306" and insert "$7,036,167,306".

Page 139, after line 2, insert:

"h. The Department of Education shall require and ensure that all Virginia Preschool Initiative classroom programs have the quality of their teacher-child interactions assessed through a rigorous and research-based classroom observational instrument at least once every two years.  DOE shall determine the appropriate observation instrument, such as the CLASS observational instrument. All classrooms shall be observed no later than June 30, 2020.

The Department shall establish a statewide minimum acceptable threshold for the quality of teacher-child interactions for Virginia Preschool Initiative classroom programs, and classrooms that are assessed below the threshold will receive additional technical assistance from the Department. The threshold should be established with the assistance of University of Virginia's Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, using a rigorous and research-based classroom observational instrument. The Department shall establish this threshold no later than the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year."


(This amendment provides $250,000 each year from the general fund and requires the Department of Education shall conduct classroom observations and develop appropriate assessments to determine the quality of all VPI classrooms.)