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Chief Patron: Comstock
Item 132 #8h

Education: Elementary & Secondary
Direct Aid To Public EducationLanguage

Page 126, after line 37, insert:
"f. Furthermore, a locality may make a one-time election to reprogram any portion of its eligible fiscal year 2012 Virginia Preschool Initiative funds toward reducing the number of existing half-day kindergarten classes, as of September 30, 2010, and converting the targeted half-day kindergarten classes to full-day kindergarten classes during the 2011-2012 school year. A school division's eligible fiscal year 2012 Virginia Preschool Initiative funds which may be reprogrammed toward providing full-day kindergarten classes shall be determined by the Department of Education and shall be limited to a school division's fiscal year 2011 Virginia Preschool Initiative final payment amount as provided for in House Bill 1500/Senate Bill 800 as introduced in the 2011 General Assembly Session. In order to receive these funds for this purpose, school divisions must certify to the Department of Education no later than October 1, 2011, that the reprogrammed funds will be used specifically for the expressed purpose of expanding the number of full-day kindergarten classes and reducing the number of half-day kindergarten classes. These funds may not be used for any other school purpose. Localities receiving these payments are required to match these funds based on the composite index of local ability-to-pay."

(This amendment is self-explanatory.)

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