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2016 Session

Budget Bill - SB30 (Introduced)

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Direct Aid to Public Education

Item 138

Item 138

First Year - FY2017Second Year - FY2018
Financial Assistance for Educational, Cultural, Community, and Artistic Affairs (14300)$27,391,970$28,091,970
Financial Assistance for Supplemental Education (14304)FY2017 $27,391,970FY2018 $28,091,970
Fund Sources: 
GeneralFY2017 $27,391,970FY2018 $28,091,970

Authority: Discretionary Inclusion.


A. Out of this appropriation, the Department of Education shall provide $373,776 the first year and $373,776 the second year from the general fund for the Jobs for Virginia Graduates initiative.


B. Out of this appropriation, the Department of Education shall provide $124,011 the first year and $124,011 the second year from the general fund for the Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. An additional $71,849 the first year and $71,849 the second year from the general fund is provided to the Consortium to continue the Van Gogh Outreach program with Lee and Wise County Public Schools and expand the program to the twelve school divisions in Southwest Virginia.


C. This appropriation includes $58,905 the first year and $58,905 the second year from the general fund for the Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium to expand the research and development phase of a technology linkage.


D. An additional state payment of $145,896 the first year and $145,896 the second year from the general fund is provided as a Small School Division Assistance grant for the City of Norton. To receive these funds, the local school board shall certify to the Superintendent of Public Instruction that its division has entered into one or more educational, administrative or support service cost-sharing arrangements with another local school division.


E. Out of this appropriation, $298,021 the first year and $298,021 the second year from the general fund shall be allocated for the Career and Technical Education Resource Center to provide vocational curriculum and resource instructional materials free of charge to all school divisions.


F. It is the intent of the General Assembly that the Department of Education provide bonuses from state funds to classroom teachers in Virginia's public schools who hold certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Such bonuses shall be $5,000 the first year of the certificate and $2,500 annually thereafter for the life of the certificate. This appropriation includes an amount estimated at $5,885,000 the first year and $5,885,000 the second year from the general fund for the purpose of paying these bonuses. By October 15 of each year, school divisions shall notify the Department of Education of the number of classroom teachers under contract for that school year that hold such certification.


G. This appropriation includes $2,331,000 the first year and $2,331,000 the second year from the general fund for grants, scholarships, and incentive payments to attract, recruit, and retain high-quality teachers and fill critical teacher shortage disciplines in Virginia's public schools.


1. Out of this appropriation, $708,000 the first year and $708,000 the second year from the general fund is provided for teaching scholarship loans. These scholarships shall be for undergraduate students at or beyond the sophomore year in college with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7, who were in the top 10 percent of their high school class or alternative measure of achievement as selected by the institution, who are nominated by their college and students at the graduate level, and who meet the criteria and qualifications, pursuant to § 22.1-290.01, Code of Virginia. Awards shall be made to students who are enrolled full-time or part-time in approved undergraduate or graduate teacher education programs for (i) critical teacher shortage disciplines, such as special education, chemistry, physics, earth and space science, foreign languages, or technology education or (ii) as students meeting the qualifications in § 22.1-290.01, Code of Virginia, who have been identified by a local school board to teach in any discipline or at any grade level in which the school board has determined that a shortage of teachers exists; however, such persons shall meet the qualifications for awards granted pursuant to this Item; or (iii) those students seeking degrees in Career and Technical education. Minority students may be enrolled in any content area for teacher preparation and male students may be enrolled in any approved elementary or middle school teacher preparation program; therefore, this provision shall satisfy the requirements for the Diversity in Teaching Initiative and Fund, pursuant to Chapters 570, 597, 623, 645, and 719 of the Acts of Assembly of 2000. Scholarship recipients may fulfill the teaching obligation by accepting a teaching position (i) in one of the critical teacher shortage disciplines; or (ii) regardless of teaching discipline, in a school with a high concentration of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch; or (iii) in any discipline or at grade levels with a shortage of teachers; or (iv) in a rural or urban region of the state with a teacher shortage. For the purposes of this Item, "critical teacher shortage area and discipline" means subject areas and grade levels identified by the Board of Education in which the demand for classroom teachers exceeds the supply of teachers, as defined in the Board of Education's Regulations Governing the Determination of Critical Teacher Shortage Areas. Scholarship amounts are based on $10,000 per year for full-time students, and shall be prorated for part-time students based on the number of credit hours. The Department of Education shall report annually on the critical shortage teaching areas in Virginia.


a. The Department of Education shall make payments on behalf of the scholarship recipients directly to the Virginia institution of higher education where the scholarship recipient is enrolled full-time or part-time in an approved undergraduate or graduate teacher education program.


b. The Department of Education is authorized to recover total funds awarded as scholarships, or the appropriate portion thereof, in the event that scholarship recipients fail to honor the stipulated teaching obligation.


c. Within the fiscal year, any funds not awarded from this program may be applied toward the other teacher preparation, recruitment, and retention programs under paragraph G.


2. Out of this appropriation, $808,000 the first year and $808,000 the second year from the general fund is provided to attract, recruit, and retain high-quality diverse individuals to teach science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) subjects in Virginia's middle and high schools. A teacher with up to three years of teaching experience employed full-time in a Virginia school division who has been issued a five-year Virginia teaching license with an endorsement in Middle Education 6-8: Mathematic, Mathematics-Algebra-I, mathematics, Middle Education 6-8: Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, physics, or technology education and assigned to a teaching position in a corresponding STEM subject area is eligible to receive a $5,000 initial incentive award after the completion of the first, second, or third year of teaching with a satisfactory performance evaluation and a signed contract in the same school division for the following school year. A teacher, holding one or more of the aforementioned endorsements and assigned to a teaching position in a corresponding STEM subject area and regardless of teaching experience, who is reassigned from a fully accredited school in a Virginia school division to a hard-to-staff school or a school that is not fully accredited and receives a satisfactory performance evaluation and a signed contract in the same school division for the following year is also eligible to receive an initial incentive award of $5,000. An additional $1,000 incentive award may be granted for each year the eligible teacher receives a satisfactory evaluation and teaches a qualifying STEM subject in which the teacher has an endorsement for up to three years in a Virginia school division following the year in which the teacher receives the initial incentive award. The maximum incentive award for each eligible teacher is $8,000. Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis with preference to teachers assigned to teach in hard-to-staff schools or low-performing schools not fully accredited. Within the fiscal year, any funds not awarded from this program may be applied toward the other teacher preparation, recruitment, and retention programs under paragraph G.


3. Out of this appropriation, $400,000 the first year and $400,000 the second year from the general fund is provided to establish a comprehensive pilot initiative to recruit students to major in the fields of mathematics and science to help alleviate the shortage of qualified teachers in these fields. Within the fiscal year, any funds not awarded from this program may be applied toward the other teacher preparation, recruitment, and retention programs under paragraph G.


4. Out of this appropriation, $415,000 the first year and $415,000 the second year from the general fund is provided to help school divisions recruit and retain qualified middle-school mathematics teachers. Within the fiscal year, any funds not awarded from this program may be applied toward the other teacher preparation, recruitment, and retention programs under paragraph G.


H. Out of this appropriation, $212,500 the first year and $212,500 the second year from the general fund shall be distributed to the Great Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP) to provide students and families in need access to financial aid, scholarships, and counseling to maximize educational opportunities for students.


I. Out of this appropriation, the Department of Education shall provide $1,244,400 the first year and $1,244,400 the second year from the general fund to Communities in Schools. These funds will be used to continue existing Communities in Schools programming in Petersburg and Richmond City, expand programming to all Petersburg schools, and expand the Pathways to Parents as Partners program to two additional Richmond City elementary schools.


J. This appropriation includes $100,000 the first year and $100,000 the second year from the general fund for the Superintendent of Public Education to award supplemental grants to charter schools.


K. Out of this appropriation, the Department of Education shall provide $675,000 the first year and $675,000 the second year from the general fund for Project Discovery. These funds are towards the cost of the program in Abingdon, Accomack/Northampton, Alexandria, Amherst, Appomattox, Arlington, Bedford, Bland, Campbell, Charlottesville, Cumberland, Danville/Pittsylvania, Fairfax, Franklin/Patrick, Goochland/Powhatan, Lynchburg, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond City, Roanoke City, Smyth, Surry/Sussex, Tazewell, Williamsburg/James City, and Wythe and the salary of a fiscal officer for Project Discovery. The Department of Education shall administer the Project Discovery funding distributions to each community action agency. Distributions to each community action agency shall be based on performance measures established by the Board of Directors of Project Discovery. The contract with Project Discovery should specify the allocations to each local program and require the submission of a financial and budget report and program evaluation performance measures.


L. Out of this appropriation, the Department of Education shall provide $250,000 the first year and $250,000 the second year from the general fund for the Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment Program.


M. Out of this appropriation, $1,098,000 the first year and $1,098,000 the second year from the general fund is provided to expand the number of schools implementing a system of positive behavioral interventions and supports with the goal of improving school climate and reducing disruptive behavior in the classroom. Such a system may be implemented as part of a tiered system of supports that utilizes evidence-based, system-wide practices to provide a response to academic and behavioral needs. Any school division which desires to apply for this competitive grant must submit a proposal to the Department of Education by June 1 preceding the school-year in which the program is to be implemented. The proposal must define student outcome objectives including, but not limited to, reductions in disciplinary referrals and out-of-school suspension rates. In making the competitive grant awards, the Department of Education shall give priority to school divisions proposing to serve schools identified by the Department as having high suspension rates. No funds awarded to a school division under this grant may be used to supplant funding for schools already implementing the program.


N. Targeted Extended School Year Payments


1. Out of this appropriation, $7,150,000 the first year and $7,150,000 the second year from the general fund is provided for a targeted extended school year incentive in order to improve student achievement. Annual start-up grants of up to $300,000 per school may be awarded for a period of up to two years after the initial implementation year. The per school amount may be up to $400,000 in the case of schools that have a Denied Accreditation status. After the third consecutive year of successful participation, an eligible school's grant amount shall be based on a shared split of the grant between the state and participating school division's local composite index. Such continuing schools shall remain eligible to receive a grant based on the 2012 JLARC Review of Year Round Schools' researched base findings.


2. Except for school divisions with schools that are in Denied Accreditation status, any other school division applying for such a grant shall be required to provide a twenty percent local match to the grant amount received from either an extended year start-up or planning grant.


3. In the case of any school division with schools that are in Denied Accreditation status that apply for funds, the school division shall also consult with the Superintendent of Public Instruction or designee on all recommendations regarding instructional programs or instructional personnel prior to submission to the local board for approval.


4. Out of this appropriation, $613,312 the first year and $613,312 the second year from the general fund is provided for planning grants of no more than $50,000 each for local school divisions pursuing the creation of new year-round school programs for divisions or individual schools in support of the findings from the 2012 JLARC Review of Year Round Schools. School divisions must submit applications to the Department of Education by August 1 of each year. Priority shall be given to schools based on need, relative to the state accreditation ratings or similar federal designations. Applications shall include evidence of commitment to pursue implementation in the upcoming school year. If balances exist, existing extended school year programs may be eligible to apply for remaining funds.


5. A school division that has been awarded an extended school year start-up grant, a year-round program start-up grant, or an extended year planning grant for the development of an extended year or a new year-round program may spend the awarded grant over two consecutive fiscal years.


6. a) Any such school division receiving funding from a Targeted Extended School Year grant shall provide an annual progress report to the Department of Education that evaluates end of year success of the extended year or year-round model implemented as compared to the prior school year performance as measured by an appropriate evaluation matrix no later than August 1 each year.


b) The Department of Education shall develop such evaluation matrix that would be appropriate for a comprehensive evaluation for such models implemented. Further, the Department of Education is directed to submit the annual progress reports from the participating school divisions and an executive summary of the program's overall status and levels of measured success to the Chairmen of House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees no later than October 1 each year.


7. Any funds remaining in this paragraph following grant awards may be disbursed by the Department of Education as grants to school divisions to support innovative approaches to instructional delivery or school governance models.


O. Out of this appropriation, $500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year from the general fund is provided through grants for the cost of fees and financial incentives associated with hiring teachers in challenged schools. The grants shall be awarded through the Teach for America program, the Teacher Residency program, or to other preparation programs established through partnerships between school divisions and universities to recruit, prepare, and support teachers who complete at least two years of teaching in a challenged school division. School divisions or their partners may apply for these funds through application submission to the Department of Education. Applications must be submitted to the Department of Education by August 1 each year. Any remaining unspent available balance each fiscal year will be carried over to the next fiscal year for the same purposes in supporting these programs.


P. Out of this appropriation, $600,000 the first year and $600,000 the second year from the general fund is provided for the Accomack, Arlington, Chesterfield, Fairfax, Loudoun, Norfolk, Petersburg, Richmond City, and Wythe Public Schools to support expansion of a STEM model program for kindergarten and preschool students. Each developed model will focus on enhancing children's learning experiences through the arts.


Q. Out of this appropriation, $500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year from the general fund is provided for the Achievable Dream partnership with Newport News School Division. This funding is in lieu of a like amount from the Neighborhood Assistance Program Tax Credits for An Achievable Dream Middle and High School, Inc.


R. Out of this appropriation, $500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year from the general fund is provided for grants for teacher residency partnerships between university teacher preparation programs and the Petersburg, Norfolk, and Richmond City school divisions to help improve new teacher training and retention for hard-to-staff schools. The grants will support a site-specific residency model program for preparation, planning, development and implementation, including possible stipends in the program to attract qualified candidates and mentors. Applications must be submitted to the Department of Education by August 1 each year.


S. Out of this appropriation, $60,300 the first year and $60,300 the second year from the general fund is provided to the Northern Neck Regional Technical Center to expand the workforce readiness education and industry based skills and certification development efforts supporting that region in the state. These funds support the Center's programs that serve high school students from the surrounding counties of Essex, Lancaster, Northumberland, Rappahannock, Westmoreland and Colonial Beach.


T. Out of this appropriation, $3,350,000 the first year and $4,050,000 the second year from the general fund is provided to the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation.


1. Of this amount, $250,000 the first year and $250,000 the second year is provided for general operations of the Foundation's grant program to strengthen the capacity of local communities to promote school readiness for young children through innovative regional partnerships.


2. Of this amount, $1,600,000 the first year and $2,300,000 the second year is provided to operate a scholarship program to increase the skills of Virginia's early education workforce.


3. Of this amount, $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000 the second year is provided to pilot an initiative to promote public-private delivery of pre-kindergarten services to high-risk children and communities.


U. This appropriation includes $500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year from the general fund to support ten competitive grants, not to exceed $50,000 each, for planning the implementation of systemic High School Program Innovation by either individual school divisions or consortia of school divisions or implementing a plan for High School Program Innovation previously approved by the Department of Education. The local applicant(s) selected to conduct this systemic approach to high school reform, in consultation with the Department of Education, will develop and plan or implement innovative approaches to engage and to motivate students through personalized learning and instruction leading to demonstrated mastery of content, as well as skills development of career readiness. Essential elements of high school innovation include: (1) student centered learning, with progress based on student demonstrated proficiency; (2) 'real-world' connections that promote alignment with community work-force needs and emphasize transition to college and/or career; and (3) varying models for educator supports and staffing. Individual school divisions or consortia will be invited to apply on a competitive basis by submitting a grant application that includes descriptions of key elements of innovations, a detailed budget, expectations for outcomes and student achievement benefits, evaluation methods, and plans for sustainability. The Department of Education will make the final determination of which individual school divisions or consortia of divisions will receive the year-long planning grant for High School Innovation or a grant to implement a High School Program Innovation plan previously approved by the Department of Education. Any school division or consortium of divisions which desires to apply for this competitive grant must submit a proposal to the Department of Education by June 1 preceding the school year in which the planning or implementation for systemic high school innovation is to take place.


V. Out of this appropriation, $550,000 the first year and $550,000 the second year from the general fund is provided to train new teachers in computer science and develop an in-state infrastructure for training existing teachers to teach computer science curricula.


W. Out of this appropriation, $100,000 the first year and $100,000 the second year from the general fund is provided to support the Jason Learning Program's online STEM platform for students in Richmond, Petersburg, and Norfolk and provide training for 125 teachers in these divisions.


X. Out of this appropriation, $100,000 the first year and $100,000 the second year from the general fund is provided to support the Newport News Aviation Academy's four-year high school STEM program, which focuses on piloting, aircraft maintenance, engineering, computers, and electronics.