2018 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5002 (Senate Committee Approved)

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Direct Aid - H.S. Apprenticeship Pilot Program

Item 135 #8s

Item 135 #8s

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Direct Aid to Public Education FY2019 $125,000 FY2020 $125,000 GF

Page 108, line 2, strike "$29,443,983" and insert "$29,568,983".
Page 108, line 2, strike "$29,890,568" and insert "$30,015,568".

Page 115, after line 9, insert:

"GG.  1. Out of this appropriation, $125,000 the first year and $125,000 the second year from the general fund is provided for a pilot program for Richmond City Public Schools for a maximum of 25 high school juniors or seniors, in a high school, technical center, or specialty school, as apprentices in certain fields.  A business shall apply to the Superintendent of Richmond City Schools to host an apprentice and be eligible to receive a grant of up to $2,500 per student, based upon procedures and forms developed by the Superintendent. The Superintendent shall receive nominations of students to serve as apprentices during their junior or senior year of high school from principals and guidance counselors at qualified schools. The Superintendent shall select a maximum of 25 students to participate in the program, the selection of whom shall be based on the needs of the businesses that have applied to participate in the program. Each student shall be eligible to participate in the program for two academic semesters. If more than 25 businesses apply to participate in the program, the Superintendent shall select the businesses that most closely align with the interests and fields of study of the nominated students. If fewer than 25 businesses apply to participate in the program, a business may elect to host more than one apprentice under the program.  In order to be eligible to receive a grant, a business shall provide the apprentice with a stipend that is no less than the amount of the grant received by the business.

2. The Superintendent shall report annually, no later than January 1, to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Committee on Finance. The report shall, at a minimum, identify the businesses that participated in the apprenticeship program, the number of students who participated in the apprenticeship program, the qualified fields in which the apprenticeships were focused, the general experience of the businesses and students who participated, and whether any student who participated in the program pursued a workforce credential or gained employment in the field of the apprenticeship after the apprenticeship concluded.

3. Grant funding in this item is provided in lieu of tax credits included in Senate Bill 937, which shall not become effective."


(This amendment provides $125,000 GF each year for a pilot grant program in lieu of tax credits, as proposed in Senate Bill 937.)