FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jesse Cordray, Press Secretary
Contact: Emma Balzer, Press Secretary Intern
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 28, 2021) — A bill authored by State Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) that would fully fund students attending school virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic passed the Senate Committee on Appropriations today.
Under current law, public schools receive 85% of the per-student state funding for any student who gets at least half of their education virtually.
Senate Bill 2 would provide 100% of the state's per-student funding for students at brick-and-mortar public schools who have gone to virtual instruction for part or all of the 2020-2021 academic year, so long as those students weren't already learning virtually prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"COVID-19 has significantly affected the operations of schools," Raatz said. "SB 2 will provide schools with the certainty they need as they continue to educate our students while we navigate through this pandemic."
SB 2 previously passed the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development unanimously. Due its fiscal impact, it was then recommitted to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.