2020 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5005 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Cox
Permit Flexible Uses of Direct Aid Funds in FY 2021 to Support School Reopening and Virtual Learning (language only)

Item 145 #5h

Item 145 #5h

Direct Aid to Public Education


Page 43, after line 31, insert:

"g.  To the extent permitted by federal law, to provide flexibility and support reopening of schools and virtual learning where appropriate during the first year school divisions may use any of the state funds provided through this item and any required local matching funds to support 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 are not fully reopened.  Such costs may include cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment, reduced class sizes to meet social distancing guidelines, technology needs, and internet access.  School divisions exercising this flexibility shall report to the Department of Education the amount and uses of any state funds that were repurposed under this paragraph, and the Department shall compile and report such information to the Chairs of the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee no later than October 1, 2021."

Page 43, line 32, strike "g." and insert "h."


(This amendment provides school divisions flexibility during fiscal year 2021 to divert any of the direct aid funds it receives for public education to support costs incurred due to reopening schools or providing virtual instruction.)