COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
January 20, 2012
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
On January 13, 2012, Governor McDonnell proposed several executive amendments to the fiscal year 2012 budget as introduced (HB/SB 29), and the 2012-2014 biennial budget as introduced (HB/SB 30), for consideration by the 2012 session of the General Assembly. Several of the executive amendments proposed directly affect state funding that is distributed to school divisions, and these amendments are discussed below.
Proposed Fiscal Year 2012 Executive Amendment:
Correct the Funded Per Pupil Amount Used in the Supplemental Support for School Operating Costs Program: The per pupil amount used to calculate the funding for the Supplemental Support for Operating School Costs Program for fiscal year 2012 in the 2010-2012 biennial budget as introduced (HB/SB 29) was updated based on revised average daily membership projections for fiscal year 2012. The per pupil amount was adjusted to $129.78, but should have been held constant at $129.62, as directed by Chapter 890, the 2011 Appropriation Act. The corrected per pupil amount decreases state funding for the Supplemental Support for School Operating Costs program by $108,101 in fiscal year 2012. Attachment A details the division-level changes to fiscal year 2012 state payments proposed in HB/SB 29 as introduced based on the corrected per pupil amount.
Proposed 2012-2014 Biennial Budget Executive Amendments:
Update Free Lunch Eligibility Used in K-3 Primary Class Size Reduction Program: The school-level free lunch eligibility percentage used to calculate K-3 Primary Class Size funding for fiscal year 2013 and fiscal year 2014 has been updated to reflect October 2010 free lunch percentages. Based on the October 2010 free lunch percentages, the state share of K-3 Primary Class Size funding increases by $23.5 million in fiscal year 2013 and $23.6 million in fiscal year 2014. Attachment B details the estimated changes to fiscal year 2013 and fiscal year 2014 projections proposed in HB/SB 30 as introduced based on the updated free lunch percentages used in the K-3 Primary Class Size Reduction program funding formula.
Early Reading Intervention: Funding for the Early Reading Intervention program in the 2012-2014 biennial budget as introduced (HB/SB 30) was based on funding twenty-five percent of eligible third graders for fiscal year 2013 and fiscal year 2014. The Governor has proposed an amendment to fund 100 percent of eligible third graders in each fiscal year. Funding 100 percent of eligible third graders increases the state share of Early Reading Intervention program funding by $4.1 million in both fiscal year 2013 and fiscal year 2014. Attachment C details the estimated changes to fiscal year 2013 and fiscal year 2014 projections proposed in HB/SB 30 as introduced based on the proposed amendment to fund 100 percent of eligible third graders.
Create Pilot Youth Development Academies: The 2012-2014 biennial budget as introduced (HB/SB 30) included funding to support the implementation of one Youth Development Academy for rising ninth- and tenth-grade students. The Governor’s proposed amendment expands the number of academies to a total of eight, or one academy for each of the eight superintendents’ planning regions. Each program will last a minimum of two weeks in the summer of 2012 and 2013, and will be open to a total of approximately 50 slots per academy. Academy sites will be selected based on a competitive application process. The estimated cost to fund these seven additional academies is $475,279 for fiscal year 2013 and $475,279 for fiscal year 2014.
Questions regarding the Governor’s proposed executive amendments may be directed to Kent Dickey, Deputy Superintendent for Finance and Operations, or budget office staff at (804) 225-2025.