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Program K: Special Education Parish Support

Program Authorization: R.S.17:1944-1986; 20USC Chapter 33, Sections 1401-1485 et al; Renata D.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Special Education Parish Support Program is to support the Louisiana system of education by ensuring the distribution of funds received from both federal and state sources to provide for the location, identification, and evaluation of children with suspected exceptionalities and provision of services to identified children.

The goal of the Special Education Parish Support Program is to provide all services necessary to meet the requirements of Free Appropriate Public Education and ChildNet/Child search, so all exceptional children will participate in integrated school and community activities and will successfully transition into meaningful adult learners.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. The Special Education Parish Support Program will plan for and track the distribution of funds in a manner that is equitable and effective in meeting the needs of local educational agencies in providing all required services to children with exceptionalities as measure by a reduction of due process hearing requested as a result of complaint resolution/mediation.

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded by the general fund and federal funds. The federal funds are provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as amended by P.L. 102-119, and includes Part B (provides for excess costs of statewide special education and related services for Individuals with disabilities 3-21 years); Part C (funding for projects that enhance services to deaf-blind children and youth; Part H (early intervention program for infants and toddlers); Part D (provides for fully certified special education teachers).

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$5,047,510

$69,328,209

0

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

 

 

 

 

 

$5,047,510

$69,328,209

0

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

($49,194)

$0

0

 

Means of Financing Substitution: replace general fund with federal funds for the LSU Human Development Nurse

 

 

 

 

 

$4,998,316

$69,328,209

0

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

($49,194)

$0

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 100% of the existing operating budget. It represents 96.7% of the total request ($71,674,189) for this program. The recommended budget is less than the requested amount because further review by the Department of Education indicated the existing budget more accurately reflects the anticipated program expenditures.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.

OTHER CHARGES

$519,400

 

State funds for ChildNet Child Search Coordinators; allocated to parishes

$637,867

 

State funds for LEA contract services to provide occupational, speech, and physical therapy and counseling, social work and psychological services

$3,116,023

 

State funds passed through to Local Education Agencies for Extended School Year Program

$42,158,476

 

Federal IDEA-B (Basic Grant) funds passed through to LEAs for the excess cost of special education and related services to children and youth with disabilities in accordance with

 

 

State Plan

$6,121,261

 

Federal IDEA-B Preschool Funds passed through to LEAs for a free appropriate education to all children with disabilities ages 3 through 5

$5,868,435

 

Federal IDEA-H (Infant and Toddler) funds passed through to LEAs to provide early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families

$4,206,311

 

Federal IDEA-B funds for allocation, through the RFP process, to child advocacy or parent organizations, to train parents for increased involvement in programs for children and

 

 

with disabilities

$455,139

 

Federal IDEA-H funds passed through to LEAs for continued services to children and their families who are non-Medicaid eligible or Medicaid eligible but not Medicaid reimburse-

 

 

able

$167,811

 

Federal IDEA-D funds for recruitment and training

$120,000

 

Federal IDEA-C funds for technical assistance centers serving deaf-blind individuals

$802,497

 

Federal IDEA-B funds to universities, schools of allied health professions and other special education agencies for training in specialized areas of service delivery and implementa-

 

 

tion of projects to meet the needs of children and youth with disabilities located in New Orleans and Shreveport

$584,703

 

Federal IDEA-B preschool funds for regional training and technical assistance centers for teachers, parents and professionals who serve preschool children with disabilities located in New Orleans and Shreveport

$1,237,511

 

Federal IDEA-H funds for continued funding for two Infant/Toddler Regional coordinators whose fiscal agent is the LSU Medical Center; awards to universities for assistance in imple-

 

 

menting the Comprehensive System of Personnel Development as part of the state policy for provision of early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities; and

 

 

funding to universities to increase the number of fully certified teachers by providing funds to teacher courses and student stipends and to increase the number of speech therapists.

$49,194

 

Federal IDEA-B funds for Nurse at LSU Human Development Center

 

 

 

$66,043,957

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$301,321

 

Louisiana School for the Deaf - Extended School Year Program

$89,509

 

Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired - Extended School Year Program

$334,867

 

ChildNet Medicaid Match

$2,310,555

 

Federal IDEA-B flow-thru for special education related services (SSD #1, LSVI, LSD, La Special Ed Center)

$232,000

 

Federal IDEA-B contract with LPB to offer courses for certification in early intervention

$16,000

 

Federal IDEA-H for DHH for operation of Infant/Toddler Central Directory

 

 

 

$3,284,252

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

This program does not have funding for Acquisitions and Major Repairs for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.


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