2023 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1400 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: VanValkenburg
Additional School Counselors

Item 137 #14h

Item 137 #14h

First Year - FY2023 Second Year - FY2024
Direct Aid to Public Education FY2023 $0 FY2024 $58,800,000 GF

Page 162, line 23, strike "$9,435,669,028" and insert "$9,494,469,028".

Page 170, after line 13, insert:

"i. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection H of § 22.1-253.13:2, Code of Virginia, in the 2023-2024 school year, each school board shall employ one full-time equivalent school counselor position per 250 students in grades kindergarten through 12."


(This amendment provides $58.8 million the second year from the general fund to support the state share of increasing the school counselor staffing standard from one position per 325 students to one position per 250 students. The Board of Education recommended this provision as part of its biennial Standards of Quality review.)