Superintendent's Memo #015-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

January 21, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Transmittal of "Statement of Administrative Impact and Project Costs of Implementation" for the Proposed Revisions to the Regulations Governing Career and Technical Education

As part of its responsibility for promulgating new regulations or revisions to existing regulations, the Virginia Board of Education is required to develop a statement of the administrative impact and projected cost to school divisions of implementing and complying with such regulations. The Board and the Virginia Department of Education are required to send a copy of the statement to each division superintendent (See § 22.1-17 of the Code of Virginia).

The Board of Education is in the process of revising its Regulations Governing Career and Technical Education in Virginia. The proposed revisions to the regulations will be published on January 31, 2011, in the Virginia Register of Regulations, Volume 27, Issue 11.

The Regulations Governing Career and Technical Education in Virginia define the requirements for general provisions, administration of career and technical education programs, and operation of career and technical education programs. The full text of the proposed revisions to the Career and Technical Education Regulations is available on the Department of Education's Web site at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/career_technical/administration/index.shtml#regulations. Proposed deletions to regulatory language are indicated by strikethroughs and additions to language are underlined.

ADMINISTRATIVE AND FISCAL IMPACT

The revision of these regulations is expected to have a minimal to no fiscal or administrative impact on local school divisions because it incorporates requirements that are already in effect and eliminates those that are no longer needed. There is one beneficial impact that the revised regulations will produce--the option of "maintenance of effort" when purchasing equipment allows more flexibility than an equal local match of funds which means that localities do not have to increase their share if the state funding grows. Finally, the revision of the regulations will provide school divisions with up-to-date regulatory requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact Lolita B. Hall, director of career and technical education services by e-mail at lb.hall@doe.virginia.gov or by phone at (804) 225-2051.

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