P. O. BOX 2120

April 28, 2000


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: JoLynne DeMary
Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: SOL Training Initiative Information

 The purpose of this memorandum is to (a) provide school divisions with additional 
information concerning SOL Training Initiative funding that was reported in 
Regulatory SUPTS. MEMO NO. 1, March 17, 2000, and (b) remind you of evaluation 

The 2000 General Assembly amended Item 138.C.6 of the 1999 Appropriation Act as 
follows to allow carry-over of unexpended second-year (FY1999-2000) SOL Training 
Initiative funds to FY2000-2001.

…Any funds provided to school divisions in the second year for the Teacher Training
Standards of Learning program that are unexpended as of June 30, 2000, shall be 
carried on the books of the locality to be appropriated to the school division in 
the following year for the same purpose.

For your information, we have enclosed a spreadsheet that identifies the total 
amount of training funds each school division received prior to March 31, 2000.  
The final payment amount, which takes into consideration March 31 average daily 
membership, is also listed.

We are pleased that Governor Gilmore's request to fund the SOL Training Initiative 
for the 2000-2002 biennium was approved by the 2000 General Assembly. This 
appropriation includes $16,906,814 the first year and $17,063,967 the second year 
from the general fund. The funding for this program is based on full state funding 
of $15 per pupil in the first year and $15 per pupil in the second year in average 
daily membership, adjusted for half-day kindergarten programs.

The Department of Education will issue a superintendent's memo by May 19 announcing 
procedures for requesting the 2000-2002 SOL Training Initiative funds. The 
legislation requires school divisions to submit local plans for Department of 
Education approval. We encourage school divisions to start planning for next year's 
training initiative. The plans will be due to the Department of Education by 
August 1, 2000.

Finally, we would like to alert you that the 1999-2000 post-training evaluation 
surveys are being mailed to your SOL evaluation contact person this month. The 
surveys are being sent from Virginia Commonwealth University, the Department of 
Education's contractor for the evaluation. Please encourage your staff to complete 
and return the surveys to the VCU evaluators. As you know, a school division's 
participation in the SOL Training Initiative evaluation is a condition of funding. 
If you have any questions about the SOL Training Initiative, please contact 
Dr. Patricia Wright, director of secondary instruction, at 804-225-2880. If you have 
questions about the evaluation surveys, please contact the VCU evaluators at 
(804) 827-0469.