2023 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Lucas
Direct Aid - Grade 6-8 Reading Specialists (SB 1175)

Item 137 #4s

Item 137 #4s

First Year - FY2023 Second Year - FY2024
Direct Aid to Public Education FY2023 $0 FY2024 $27,600,000 GF

Page 162, line 23, strike "$9,435,669,028" and insert "$9,463,269,028".

Page 170, line 8, strike "five" and insert "eight".

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 $27.6 million GF the second year from the general fund to provide one reading specialist per 550 students in grades six through eight. The adopted budget funds reading specialists at the same ratio in kindergarten through third grade, and the introduced budget would fund reading specialists at the same 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.)