Special Report: General Assembly Budget Update
February 11, 2021
February 11, 2021
The House’s Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education budget proposal reduces “no loss” funding to school divisions to $399.9 million. Still, the proposal provides $355.5 million in additional direct aid to public schools and $145.3 million over the $623.4 million proposed in the original version of HB 1800.
The Senate’s Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education budget proposal maintains $514 million in “no loss” funding, $355.5 million in additional direct aid to public schools, and $127 million above the Governor’s proposal.
The Senate committee inserted alarming policy language into SB1100 on page 169, after line27, which states, “31. Each school division shall offer in-person instruction options to a student if requested by the parent or guardian in the 2021-2022 school year.” This language is very similar to the language in SB1303, which recently passed the Senate and is now awaiting a hearing in the House Education Subcommittee.
Here are the highlights:
House Appropriations Committee Proposed Changes to HB1800.
Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee Proposed Changes to SB1100.
The Senate Subcommittee recommended retaining the following from the Governor’s proposal:
In addition, the Senate Subcommittee proposed:
The Commonwealth Institute has provided an excellent comparison of Governor Northam’s and money committee budget proposals. For more detailed information, go here.
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