2019 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1700 (Conference Report)

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Expand Virtual Virginia

Item 136 #2c

Item 136 #2c

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Direct Aid to Public Education FY2019 $0 FY2020 $150,000 GF

Page 142, line 55, strike "$7,295,037,230" and insert "$7,295,187,230".

Page 144, line 40, strike the second "$5,025,808" and insert "$5,175,808".

Page 144, line 51, strike "$58,433,763" and insert "$58,583,763".

Page 173, after line 25, insert:

"e. The Department of Education shall develop a plan to establish a per-student, per-course fee schedule for local school divisions to participate in Virtual Virginia (VVA) coursework for elementary, middle, and high school students.  Such fee schedule plan shall provide (i) an allotment of slots, determined by the Department, per course to a school division free of charge, and (ii) for any slots a school division wishes to use beyond the free slots, a per-course, per-student fee that may include discounts for school divisions based upon the composite index of local ability to pay.  The department shall also include in its plan the current student participation enrollment by grade level in each VVA course,  the number of students enrolled in VVA courses that a fee of any kind is charged and how such fee is currently paid for in each participating school division. The department shall submit its Virtual Virginia Plan to the Chairmen of House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committee upon completion of developing such plan."


(This amendment provides $150,000 the second year from the general fund to expand the current Virtual Virginia initiative. The additional general fund allocation for Virtual Virginia will be used within the existing high school model to expand the availability of digital curriculum resources via Virtual Virginia and to provide professional development to divisions which includes best practices facilitating the use of such digital resources. The additional digital resources and professional development will be offered to all school divisions statewide. The new language further directs the Department of Education to develop a plan that establishes a possible per-student, per-course fee schedule for local school divisions to participate in Virtual Virginia (VVA) coursework. The plan must include data reporting on the existing VVA initiative.)