2020 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Restore Staffing Flexibility (language only)

Item 145 #18c

Item 145 #18c

Direct Aid to Public Education


Page 139, after line 19, insert:

"18. In the first year, to provide temporary flexibility, notwithstanding any other provision in statute or in this item, school divisions may elect to increase the teacher to pupil staffing ratios in kindergarten through grade 7 and English classes for grades 6 through 12 by one additional student; the teacher to pupil staffing ratio requirements for Elementary Resource teachers, Prevention, Intervention and Remediation, Gifted and Talented, Career and Technical funded programs (other than on Career and Technical courses where school divisions will have to maintain a maximum class size based on federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration safety requirements) are waived; and the instructional and support technology positions, and librarian staffing ratios for new hires are waived.  

In the first year, school divisions shall report to the Board of Education the number and type of positions that were not filled in the previous school year and during the current school year through these flexibility provisions.  The Board of Education shall include a compilation of such responses in its report on the conditions and needs of public education in the Commonwealth, that is required to be submitted to the Governor and General Assembly no later than December 1, as referenced in §§ 22.1-18 and 22.1-253.13:8 of the Code of Virginia."


(This amendment waives certain staffing standards for several categories of instructional positions the first year only, and requires school divisions to report the extent which these flexibility provisions were utilized to waive staffing standards. This amendment partially restores waivers that had been included in the Appropriation Act since 2010 that were eliminated in the introduced budget. The previous language also waived staffing standards for English as a Second Language and school counselor positions; however they are no longer included, as 2020 legislation proposes to increase the staffing standards for those positions.)