2006 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Committee Approved)

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Transfer Visually Impaired Caseload Funding to SOQ (language only)

Item 135 #13s

Item 135 #13s

Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education

Page 122, after line 41, insert:
"In recalculating the cost of the Standards of Quality effective with the 2008-2010 biennial rebenchmarking, the Department of Education shall include visually impaired students in the calculation consistent with the caseloads for other special education categories.".

(This amendment directs the Department of Education to include visually impaired students in the Standards of Quality calculation consistent with the caseload standards for other disability categories in the next biennial rebenchmarking. Currently, funding for visually impaired caseloads is based on available funding in the Department of Blind and Vision Impaired, so there would be an offsetting savings in that agency. This action would fund visually impaired caseloads in a manner consistent with other special education categories and thus reduce the caseloads for teachers of visually impaired students. The net cost for 2006-08 was estimated to be about $2.5 million per year.)