Program Authorization: R.S. 17:1941-1958; P.L. 98-199
The mission of the Instruction Program is to provide appropriate education and related services to exceptional students based upon their identified individual needs in the least restrictive environment.
The goal of the Instruction Program is to provide special education and related services to exceptional children enrolled in state-operated facilities in the Department of Health and Hospitals and the Department of Public Safety and Corrections based upon students' Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. The Instruction Program will conduct assessment of students' instructional needs within timelines specified to maintain a 97% compliance level.
2. The Instruction Program will maintain, in each type of facility, instructional/student and teacher/student ratio within 25% of 1996-97 student levels in FY 1998-99.
3. The Instruction Program will maintain teachers as a percent of instructional staff at a level that exceeds 20% in FY 1998-99.
4. The Instruction Program will implement activities such that 75% of students achieve 70% of individual education plan (IEP) objectives in FY 1998-99.
5. The Instruction Program will implement activities such that 7% of students take all Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) tests in FY 1998-99.
6. The Instruction Program will implement activities such that 70% of students who graduate or exit from the SSD #1 programs are enrolled in postsecondary programs or are employed 1 year later in FY 1998-99.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded by the general fund and interagency transfers. The Department of Education, Supplemental Education Assistance Program, transfers monies to this program from the Professional Improvement Program. The Department of Education, Office of Student and School Performance, provides monies for this program from the following: Title 2 which provides state grants for strengthening the skill of teachers and instruction in mathematics and science, and Title 6 which provides funds to support improvement in elementary and academic programs and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B (IDEA-B), which provides a free and appropriate public education to all handicapped children. The Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of the Secretary, Bureau of Health Services Financing, transfers funds to this program from Title XIX of the Social Security Act.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 97.9% of the existing operating budget. It represents 89.8% of the total request ($14,880,536) for this program. The change is primarily attributable to the elimination of vacant positions resulting from a drop in enrollment at the Title XIX facilities
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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