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The Commonwealth of Virginia is making a significant investment in public education with $418 million dedicated to high dosage academic tutoring, accelerating the expansion of the Virginia Literacy Act (VLA), and combatting chronic absenteeism. 

On September 14, Governor Youngkin signed 
HB 6001/SB 6001, which included a significant investment in public education. As noted in the September 14 edition of the Virginia Education Update, this approved budget provides one-time state per pupil funding for the implementation of the Virginia Literacy Act, learning loss, and to combat chronic absenteeism. This amendment increases state funding to school divisions by $418.3 million in fiscal year 2024.

Middle school teacher leading a group discussion with students seated at desks in a circle.

The Governor recommended that school divisions focus on an “ALL In” approach that uses 70 percent of allocated funds on Grade 3-8 high-intensity tutoring, 20 percent on the Virginia Literacy Act (VLA), and 10 percent on chronic absenteeism. Completion of a division spending plan will be the first step in meeting annual reporting requirements.