Current Status Bill Number:
1059Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19960125Primary Sponsor: WaldrepAll Sponsors: Waldrep and GieseDrafted Document Number: gjk\22252sd.96Companion Bill Number: 4431Residing Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Education Committee 04 SEDSubject: Weighting for pupils with autism
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 19960125 Introduced, read first time, 04 SED referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO AMEND SECTION 59-20-40, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DETERMINATION OF ALLOCATIONS TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS UNDER THE EDUCATION FINANCE ACT AND WEIGHTINGS TO ESTABLISH COST DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PROGRAMS, SO AS TO ADD A WEIGHTING FOR PUPILS WITH AUTISM.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 59-20-40(1)(c)(7) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 135 of 1993, is further amended to read:
"(7) Handicapped 2.57
a. Visually handicapped pupils
b. Hearing handicapped pupils
c. pupils with autism.
`Autism' for purposes of this pupil classification weighting is defined as a severe and chronic disorder that affects communication and behavior and is manifested during early development. It is a condition manifested by a characteristic pattern of social, communication, and learning behaviors. Autism is a behaviorally defined syndrome essential features of which include disturbances of:
(i) developmental rates or sequences;
(ii) response to sensory stimuli;
(iii) speech, language, and communication; and
(iv) capacities to relate to people, objects, and events."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.