2024 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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DOE - Restore Funding for the Office of School Quality

Item 120 #1c

Item 120 #1c

First Year - FY2025 Second Year - FY2026
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Department of Education, Central Office Operations FY2025 $1,922,461 FY2026 $1,922,461 GF

Page 128, line 28, strike "$8,116,880" and insert "$10,039,341".
Page 128, line 28, strike "$8,116,880" and insert "$10,039,341".

Page 125, after line 44, insert:

"S. 1. Out of this appropriation, $1,922,461 the first year and $1,922,461 the second year from the general fund is provided to the Office of School Quality to assist low performing schools.

2. The Department of Education shall submit an initial report that contains: (i) the level of staffing, amount of funding, and opportunities and challenges of the Office for FY 2023 and FY 2024; (ii) the planned organizational structure, staffing, and resource needs of the Office over the next five years; (iii) the goals and expected outcomes of the Office and how the Office will collaborate with staff and units within the Department of Education to support schools based on their specific needs; and (iv) a plan to evaluate the effectiveness of the Office, including feedback from school divisions and stakeholders to determine both the impact and quality of the assistance received.

3. The Superintendent shall submit the initial report by July 1, 2024, to the Chairs of the Senate Education and Health and Finance and Appropriations Committees, and the Chairs of the House Education and Appropriations Committees. The Superintendent shall submit a report on the progress of implementing the goals of the Office by June 1, 2025. Funding for the first year and second year shall be unallotted and the Department of Planning and Budget shall transfer funds allocated to the Office in the corresponding year upon submission of the reports."


(This amendment restores $1.9 million from the general fund in each year to the Office of School Quality and establishes reporting requirements.)