2021 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB1800 (Floor Approved)

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Learning Loss Supplemental Payments

Item 145 #20h

Item 145 #20h

First Year - FY2021 Second Year - FY2022
Direct Aid to Public Education FY2021 $51,072,241 FY2022 $0 NGF

Page 157, line 33, strike "$7,722,644,551" and insert "$7,773,716,792".

Page 159, after line 23, insert:

“Learning Loss Supplemental Payments $51,072,241 $0".

Page 159, line 25, strike "$539,221,986" and insert "$590,294,227".

Page 169, line 15, strike the second “and”.

Page 169, line 16, after “Intervention” insert:

“, and Learning Loss Supplemental Payments”.

Page 198, after line 4, insert:

"45. Learning Loss Supplemental Payments

A payment estimated at $51,072,241 the first year from the COVID-19 Relief Fund established in § 2.2-115.1 of the Code of Virginia shall be disbursed by the Department of Education to school divisions to address learning loss and student needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The additional payment shall be based on the state's share of an add-on, as a percent of the per pupil basic aid cost, for each child who qualifies for the federal Free Lunch Program, based on the concentration of children qualifying for the federal Free Lunch Program. Based on its percentage of Free Lunch participants, each school division will receive a total between 0.0 and 6.0 percent in additional basic aid per Free Lunch participant based on the composite index of local ability-to-pay, and no local match shall be required.

School divisions are required to spend these payments on eligible programs, including: (i) extending the school year, (ii) summer school, (iii) tutoring, remediation and recovery, (vi) counseling and other student supports, (v) assessments to determine student progress and the need for access to these programs, and (vi) other similar programs."


(This amendment provides $51.1 million the first year from gray machine revenues to support learning losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. These payments are distributed to school divisions based on the existing At-Risk Add-On formula, using an add-on range of 0% to 6%. No local match is required, and unexpended funds from the first year shall remain available in the second year. This amendment requires the Department of Education to include information on each school divisions' use of these funds in an annual report to the Chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees.)