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Clarifies Language for Use of VPI Prior Year Fund Balance (language only)

Item 136 #13h

Item 136 #13h

Education
Direct Aid to Public Education

Language

Page 138, after line 46, insert:

"g. Beginning in school year 2019-2020, one-time waiting list slots may, subject to available funds, be provided to school divisions that have utilized 100 percent of their calculated slots in the previous school year and had a waiting list for unserved eligible children as certified by such school divisions on the October 1 Virginia Preschool Initiative Fall Verification Report submitted to the Department of Education in the previous school year. Further, eligible school divisions that may request and receive a one-time allocation of such slots in the subsequent school year, shall offer such slots to at-risk four-year old children that (i) family income at or below 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines, (ii) family income is above 200 percent but at or below 350 percent of federal poverty guidelines in the case of students with special needs or disabilities, (iii) homelessness, or (iv) student's parents or guardians are school dropouts.

The amount of funding available to provide any waiting list slots to eligible school divisions shall be determined by the previous fiscal year year-end balance of the allocations in paragraph C. 14. a. 1) of this item.  Further, the Department of Education shall ensure that supplemental grants for one-time expenses, other than capital, related to start-up or expansion of Virginia Preschool Initiative program in paragraph C. 14. f. of this item, are awarded and allocated first from any year-end balances before any remaining balances are considered for waiting list slots. Available funding shall be provided only to eligible school divisions that report using 100 percent of the upcoming school year slot allocation in the May 15 grant proposal and report using 100 percent of the school year slot allocation on the October 1 Virginia Preschool Initiative Fall Verification Report submitted to the Department of Education for the school year that waiting list slots are provided. If a school division's October 1 Virginia Preschool Initiative Fall Verification Report submitted to the Department of Education does not certify that 100 percent of the school year calculated slot allocation is used, then the Department of Education shall withdraw enough of the granted waiting list slots and associated funding provided such that the net difference between the withdrawn waiting list slots make up the percentage deficient from the school year calculated slot allocation not used.

The Department of Education shall submit a comprehensive report, detailing, but not limited to, the number of calculated slots and funding allocated to each school division, the number of calculated slots filled by each school division, supplemental grants requested and awarded by each school division, the number of waiting list slots requested by each school division, the number of waiting list slots offered to each school division, the number of waiting list slots filled by each school division and the funding allocated for the filled waiting list slots by each school division, to the Chairmen of House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees no later than November 1, 2019, and annually thereafter. ”

Page 138, strike lines 47 through 55.

Page 139, strike lines 1 and 2.



Explanation

(This amendment clarifies language contained in the introduced budget for using year-end balances for the Virginia Preschool Initiative and offering to school divisions that have used 100 percent of the calculated slots and have reported having waiting list of at-risk four year olds.)