COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 51
July 11, 1997

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM:
 
Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Survey on Public School Remedial Education Programs

 
The 1997 General Assembly took action on several items
addressing remedial education.  Specifically, the Board of
Education is required, in conjunction with the Department of
Education, to collect, analyze and provide information to
the Governor and the General Assembly on regular school year
remedial education programs and summer remedial education
programs [See: House Bill 2633, House Bill 1859, House Joint
Resolution 654 and the Appropriations Act, Item 140 C. #8e
which are attached for your information].

While the Department of Education does regularly collect
some of the information being sought by the legislature, the
enclosed survey is designed to collect other data to address
the mandate imposed by this recent legislation.  We have
attempted in designing the survey to anticipate the
information that would be needed by the legislators in order
to minimize the burden to you for additional data requests
on this topic.

Please also note, as you review Item 140 C. #8e of the
Appropriations Act, there is $1000. available to each school
division that appoints a Remediation Program Standards
Committee by October 15, 1997, as referenced in the attached
House Bill 1859.  For those school divisions that have such
committees in place by the August 29, 1997 due date of this
survey, you may use the survey to provide the necessary
information [responding to Questions 26 and 27 in Part I and
completing the signature section on the bottom of Part III
(page 12)] for receipt of those funds.  Otherwise, please
look for a follow-up memo that will provide you with the
information necessary to receive the $1000. for those
Remediation Program Standards Committees appointed by
October 15, 1997.


The survey has 12 pages and is designed to have three
discreet parts:

Part I  1997 summer remedial education programs (pages 1-8);

Part II      1996-1997 regular school year remedial education
             programs (pages 9-10);

Part III     financial information for actual 1996 and
             estimated 1997 summer remedial education programs
             (pages 11-12).

In order to assist the Department in providing timely
information to the Board and the legislative study group
established under HJR 654, I am requesting that the
completed and signed surveys be returned to the Department
of Education no later than August 29, 1997.  Thanks you in
advance for your prompt assistance with this matter.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, Carole Inge,
Policy Analyst in the Division of Policy and Public Affairs
can assist you.  She can be reached at (804) 225-2403.  If
you have questions concerning the funds for Remediation
Program Standards Committee, June Eanes, Budget Director in
the Division of Finance can assist you.  She can be reached
at (804) 225-2025.

RTL/dta

Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachments
             will be sent to the superintendent's office.