144th General AssemblyHouse Bill # 391
Primary Sponsor: Wagner
Additional Sponsor(s): Sen. Sokola
CoSponsors: Reps. Spence, Lavelle, Manolakos, Thornburg, Carson, Kowalko, Schooley, B. Short
Introduced on : 05/01/2008
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO NOTICE OF THE LENGTH OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.
Special education students with classifications of deaf-blind, autism, traumatic brain injury, trainable or severe mental disability, and certain orthopedic disabilities are entitled to 12 month programs upon parental application. To ensure that parents are aware of this option, this bill requires public schools to identify eligible classifications in their standard IEP forms and document such disclosure to parents of eligible children.
This is great news for these kids and parents. Keep in mind its very doubtful the legislators will add any additional funding state funding to the school districts. This legislation we surely cause the local school districts to raise the local tuition and it would be a sizable increase.
I think it’s only fair to lean on these legislators to increase state funding to support this legislation. This appears to be another Delaware Legislator’s unfunded mandate with no impact study performed.
If this legislation passes and without any additional state funding we can’t blame Red Clay for any additional financial burden and any negative impact on the current budget.
Call the legislators sponsoring and cosponsoring this bill and ask them how much is the state increasing their share of financial responsibility?
Keep in mind, I am not bitching about the extra services for these kids in need, I am bitching about the legislators who pass legislation without funding to support them.