EXPLANATION: Provides language to stay in compliance with Federal MOE requirements
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Part IB, Section 1A,
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - EIA, page 363, after line 8, by adding
an appropriately numbered paragraph to read:
/(SDE:EIA - IDEA Maintenance of Effort) Prior to the dispersal of funds apprpriated in Section XI.A.1 Aid to Districts according to proviso 1A.48 for fiscal year 2011-12 the department shall direct $45,481,854 of the funds appropriated in Section XI.A.1 Aid To Districts to school districts and special schools for support of programs and services for students with disabilities, to meet the estimated maintenance of effort for IDEA. The Department shall distribute these funds using the current fiscal year 135-day Average Daily Membership. For continued compliance with the federal maintenance of efforts requirements of the IDEA, funding for children with disabilities must, to the extent practicable, be held harmless to budget cuts or reductions to the extent those funds are required to meet federal maintenance of effort requirements under the IDEA. In the event cuts to funds that are needed to maintain fiscal effort are necessary, when administering such cuts, the Department must not reduce funding to support children with disabilities who qualify for services under the IDEA in a manner that is disproportionate to the level of overall reduction to state programs in general. By December 1, 2011 the Department must submit an estimate of the IDEA MOE requirement to the General Assembly and the Governor./
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend totals and titles to conform.