Eligible Virginia schools include those reporting fall membership as of September 30, 2018, as well as regional vocational, special education, and alternative education programs, academic year Governors Schools, Code RVA Regional High School, and the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind. Schools that serve only pre-kindergarten students are not eligible for this grant.
The VPSA sold the spring 2019 Educational Technology Notes, Series XIX, on April 30, 2019, and closed the notes transaction on May 23, 2019. Proceeds of the Series XIX notes are now available for reimbursement to divisions (and to regional programs with accounts established separately from the fiscal agent school division) for qualifying expenditures from the divisions (or regional programs) reimbursement account established under the Virginia State Non-Arbitrage Program (SNAP).
There are a limited number of business days between the closing date and the end of fiscal year 2019 on June 30, 2019. To ensure sufficient time to process the school division reimbursement requests that need to be received by June 30, 2019, such reimbursement requests must be received by the Virginia Department of Education electronically, as well as the original signature page mailed to the Department, by June 21, 2019.
Note that funding occurs annually, and a similar timeline is assumed year-to-year.
Spring 2019 allocation amounts are visible at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2019/121-19a.xlsx
Qualifying schools receive:
- a supplemental grant of $400 per student reported in ninth grade fall membership in a qualifying school for the purchase of a laptop or tablet computer device for that student and
- a supplemental grant of $2,400 per qualifying school to purchase two content creation packages for teachers.
Schools eligible to receive this supplemental grant in fiscal year 2019 shall continue to receive the grant for the number of subsequent years equaling the number of grades 9 through 12 in the qualifying school up to a maximum of four years. Eligible schools may only receive this grant for one, four-year period. Participating school divisions will assume recurring costs for electronic textbook purchases and maintenance.
Localities are required to provide a match of funds equal to 20% of the total grant amount provided to the school division, including the e-Learning Backpack Initiative grants. At least 25% of the local match must be used for teacher training in the use of technology funded with the educational technology grants. The Superintendent of Public Instruction is authorized to reduce the required local match for school divisions with a composite index below 0.2000. The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind is not required to provide a 20% match to its grant amount.
School divisions that receive the e-Learning Backpack Initiative grants must use the 20% required local match of funds in qualifying schools to purchase laptop or tablet computer devices for ninth-grade students reported in fall membership and content creation packages for teachers.
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