Virtual Virginia (VVA) is a program of the Virginia Department of Education serving K-12 students in Virginia schools by providing flexible options for the diverse educational needs of students and their families. Through its Complementary Program, VVA offers online Advanced Placement (AP), world language, core academic, and elective courses to students throughout the Commonwealth and nation. Offerings are provided to grades K-12 in both part-time and full-time modalities. In addition to the Complementary Program, VVA also offers an Outreach Program which provides digital content for teachers to use with their students in blended delivery as well as a Professional Learning Network Program for educators of all levels. Overall, VVA is committed to providing high-quality, rigorous course content with the flexibility to meet schools’ and students’ varied schedules and to provide instruction that meets the individual needs of students.
VDOE is requesting an increase in the appropriated spending cap due in large part to school divisions' significant increase in interest in utilizing Virtual Virginia’s fee-based programs: K-12 Expansion, Summer Session, and Expanded Enrollment as well as the growth in program offerings, which now includes a full-time virtual option for Kindergarten through 12th grade students. In addition, the Summer Session, previously focused upon high school level courses, currently includes offerings targeting grades 3-12. Furthermore, interest in the Expanded Enrollment program which targets the need for virtual courses by students in grades 6-12 who mainly attend their brick and mortar school continues to rise. Demand for all of these program components has risen during the pandemic but is expected to continue beyond it. The additional appropriation requested would support the ability to expend the addtional revenue received from local tuition payments paid by school divisions
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Growth estimates were based upon available FY22 data. Estimated revenue is $61,335,351.56 and estimated expenditures are $58,699,586.25. Therefore, DOE is requesting an appropriation increase of $58,699,587 to be added to the current appropriation of $1,618,842.