2020 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5005 (Committee Approved)

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Temporary Flexibility: Uses of Textbook Payments (language only)

Item 145 #4h

Item 145 #4h

Direct Aid to Public Education


Page 49, after line 13 insert:

"5) Notwithstanding any other provision in statute or in this item, to provide temporary flexibility in the first year, school divisions may elect to use textbook payments to address costs incurred as a result of reopening schools that were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic or to support virtual learning needs in school divisions that have not fully reopened to in-person instruction.  Such costs may include, but are not limited to cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment, reduced class sizes to meet social distancing guidelines, technology needs and internet access.  No local match is required to receive these state funds in the first year only and such local match shall be excluded from the determination of required local effort in the first year pursuant to Item 145.B.8. of this act, and § 22.1-97, Code of Virginia.

6) For purposes of calculating rebenchmarking costs for textbooks for the 2022-2024 biennium, the Department of Education shall include the higher of the fiscal year 2019 or fiscal year 2020 division-level textbook per pupil amount in calculating the base year statewide prevailing per pupil amount.  For this one year calculation, the Department of Education shall adjust, with one additional year of inflation, any fiscal year 2019 division-level per pupil textbook expenditure data used in calculating the base year statewide prevailing per pupil amount."


(This amendment permits school divisions to use textbook payments in the first year to address costs of providing virtual instruction or reopening schools to in-person instruction, and waives local match requirements for these funds in the first year. Language also provides that this is a one-time action and it will not adversely impact rebenchmarking for the 2022-2024 biennium.)