State Rep. Kim Williams (D-19) has introduced a bill to provide State funding for basic special education in kindergarten through the third grade. Currently, and oddly, funding for special education classes does not begin until the 4th grade. “This bill is an effort to promote earlier identification and assistance for basic special education needs which should then mitigate costs over the long term. Pursuant to its terms, funding for K-3 special education will be phased in gradually over 4 years.” This bill also has some bipartisan support, as Republican Representatives Briggs King and Spiegelman have co-sponsored the legislation.
SPONSOR: Williams, Poore, Bennett, Bentz, Briggs King, Heffernan, Jaques, Kowalko, Lynn, Matthews, Osienski, Paradee, Smith, Spiegelman, Viola
HISTORY: Reported out of the House Education Committee with 4 Favorables and 9 on the Merits.
STATUS: Assigned to the House Appropriations Committee.