2023 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1400 (Floor Approved)

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HB 1526 - Grade 6-8 Reading Specialists

Item 137 #10h

Item 137 #10h

First Year - FY2023 Second Year - FY2024
Direct Aid to Public Education FY2023 $0 FY2024 $13,927,130 GF

Page 162, line 23, strike "$9,435,669,028" and insert "$9,449,596,158".

Page 1701, line 7, strike "and".

Page 170, line 8, after "five" insert:

"and a reading specialist for each 1,100 students in grades 6 through 8".

Page 170, line 9, strike "other staff such as reading coaches or".

Page 170, line 12, after "year.", strike the remainder of the line.

Page 170, strike line 13.


(This amendment provides $13.9 million the second year from the general fund to provide one reading specialist per 1,100 students in grades six through eight. The adopted budget funds one reading specialist per 550 students in kindergarten through third grade, and the introduced budget would fund reading specialists at the 1:550 ratio in fourth and fifth grade. Existing language provides flexibility to permit school divisions to meet the ratio using other staff who are working toward meeting the training and licensure requirements for reading specialists that become effective for the 2024-2025 school year.)