State proposes special education overhaul - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

State proposes special education overhaul

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State Superintendent of Education John White is proposing sweeping changes in how the state supports special education students, in part because only 29% are graduating from high school.

The Advocate reports ( ) the superintendent unveiled his plan Friday to the Special Education Advisory Panel that advises the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The issue could become a key topic when BESE debates its annual funding request from the Legislature, which is set for discussion when the board meets next month.

Under the proposed overhaul, funding would be based on whether a student is placed in 1 of 3 categories, which could range from those with speech or language impairments to those with autism.

The plan would also base funding on how the child is educated.


Information from: The Advocate,

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