COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 150
October 12, 2001
INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Public Comment for Remedial Regulations

The Virginia Board of Education has extended the public comment period for the proposed regulations for state-funded remedial programs through November 21, 2001. The proposed regulations were amended by the Virginia Board of Education after receiving public comments following the public hearing on June 20, 2001. The proposed regulations are included as Attachment A. It is anticipated the proposed regulations will have an administrative and fiscal impact.

Local school divisions may need to hire additional staff or employ current staff for more hours to implement remedial instruction; conduct the mandated recording, reporting, and evaluating of state-funded remedial programs.

Although these regulations require a lower pupil-teacher ratio of 18:1 for summer remedial programs, the amount of state funding provided for these programs should be sufficient to pay the state’s share of the instructional cost for this lower ratio based upon the number of hours of instruction required. The current level of state funding provides the state share of 118.8 hours of instruction at a ratio of 18:1. Assuming that a K-5 student would attend this program for 40 hours and other students would attend a summer remediation program for no more than two subjects for a total of 40 hours, the current level of state funding provides nearly three times the amount of instruction required by these regulations.

Questions about the proposed regulations may be addressed to Kathleen M. Smith ( mailto:ksmith@mail.vak12ed.edu ), specialist for remediation at (804) 786-5819.

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