Program Authorization: R.S. 17:4.1, P.L. 94-142
The mission of the Instructional Services Program is to provide a quality, specifically designed regular instructional program for grades pre-school through 12, as well as alternative programs for multi-handicapped students who are unable to benefit from the graded curriculum.
The goals of the Instructional Services Program is to provide the services necessary to educate children who are blind and/or visually impaired so they may possess the necessary skills to become self-sufficient adults in the mainstream of society.
The Instructional Services Program consists of the Elementary Department, Special Needs Educational Program, Junior High School, Senior High School, Physical Education Department, and Community Based Instruction Department. All educational departments have the responsibility for providing children who are blind or visually impaired with the necessary tools to achieve academically, socially, and physically compared to their sighted counter parts. This is accomplished by providing a total learning environment, which will prepare students for post-secondary education or to assume a responsible place in the working society as an independent, self sufficient, responsible adult.
Other components of the Instructional Services Program are the Statewide Assessment Center, and the Outreach and Mobility Services Department. The statewide assessment center evaluates children ages birth to 21 years of age, and offers related support services to parents and educators throughout the state of Louisiana. The Outreach and Mobility Services department offers technical support to teachers statewide in the use of equipment designed for use by the blind or visually impaired, as well as offering assistance in the field of orientation and mobility (white cane travel).
GENERAL PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with the General Fund and Interagency Transfers. The Department of Education transfers funds to this program for the Professional Improvement Program. In addition, the Department of Education, through Subgrantee Assistance, transfers the following to this program: funding for Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-B), which provides grants to states to assist them in providing a free appropriate public education to all handicapped children; funding for Chapter 2 of the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act (ECIA) to address national education priorities; funding for the Extended School Year Program (ESYP), in compliance with the Laura I. consent decree; and monies from the program for Drug Free Schools and Communities. Also, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education transfers funds to this program from the Louisiana Support Education Fund [8(g)].
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
Unclassified State Teacher Merit Increases for FY 1999-2000
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 101.0% of the existing operating budget. It represents 74.3% of the total request ($3,021,339) for this program. The changes are partly due to decrease in salaries as a result of a technical adjustment to provide sufficient funding for salaries in this program. The remaining difference is due to statewide adjustments.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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