2024 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Direct Aid - ELL Staffing Ratios Based on Student Proficiency Level

Item 125 #3c

Item 125 #3c

First Year - FY2025 Second Year - FY2026
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid to Public Education FY2025 $37,894,669 FY2026 $34,182,978 GF

Page 143, line 52, strike "$10,290,021,574" and insert "$10,327,916,243".
Page 143, line 52, strike "$10,073,997,964" and insert "$10,108,180,942".

Page 144, strike line 37, and insert:

"English Learner Teachers $165,982,653 $173,466,897".

Page 173, strike lines 7 through 12, and insert:

"17. English Learner Teacher Payments

A payment of $165,982,653 the first year and $173,466,897 the second year from the general fund shall be disbursed by the Department of Education to local school divisions to support the state's share of professional instructional positions for English Learner teachers.  Local school divisions shall provide a local match based on the composite index of local ability-to-pay.  The number of such English Learner teacher positions required pursuant to the Standards of Quality are as established below:    


EL Student Proficiency Level

SOQ Staffing Required


1 position per 20 EL students


1 position per 30 EL students


1 position per 40 EL students


1 position per 50 EL students

All Other Identified EL Students

1 position per 100 EL students

To provide flexibility in implementing this new staffing standard in the first year, the number of English Learner teachers required for each school division for the first year shall be equal to the number of such teachers that were required during the 2023-2024 school year, plus one half of the additional positions required in the above table for the first year."


(This amendment provides $37.9 million the first year and $43.7 million the second year to implement staffing standards for English Learner students based on student proficiency level, in lieu of the current standard that provides one position per 50 identified EL students. Flexibility is provided during the first year to implement this new standard to only require one-half of the additional positions.)