House Bill 33 increases funding for preschool children with disabilities who are not counted in either “intensive” or “complex” special education units by revising the current ratio of 12.8 students per unit to 8.4 students per unit for children 3 years of age and older enrolled in a preschool program.
This is the same ratio in effect as of July 1, 2023, for K-3 basic special education, as a result of a similar bill providing for increased special education funding that passed the General Assembly last session.
The Act also creates a new “preschool 2” unit with a ratio of 7 students per unit. This is to accommodate 2-year-olds with disabilities who are enrolled in school district programs. The Office of Child Care Licensing requires a 1:7 ratio for classrooms that have 2-year-olds in them. The preschool funding change is effective July 1, 2023.
|House Bill 33||Currrent Status – House Education 12/15/22|
|House Sponsors – Williams, Heffernan, Baumbach, Bush, Griffith, Lynn, Morrison, Osienski / Hensley||Senate Sponsors – Sturgeon, Gay, Hoffner, McBride, Poore, Sokola, Walsh|
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