Committee members wasted no time in acting on legislation in House Ed.
“As those (special education student) numbers grow, so do those pressure points on our budgets,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany testified. “I think (the two-year review) just relieves a bit of the pressure.”
The bill amends the current practice of recalculating the allocations based on disability levels every three years to every two years.
“It will give us a more accurate and up-to-date information about the needs that special education has in the state of South Dakota,” Sen. Jim Bolin, a member of the interim study committee, said during his testimony.
“It’s a good idea to help us get a handle on some of these costs related to special (education).”
Rep. Hugh Bartels, who also sat on the interim study committee, noted the bill would have “no immediate fiscal impact” on the state budget and through a 12-year budget cycle it “nets out” for the state.
ASBSD is monitoring HB 1040, which lowers the ACT qualifying score from 28 to 24 and requires parents of the students receive alternative instruction to provide transcript noting the required coursework has been completed; each criterion being similar to what is required for public and private high school graduates who receive the scholarship.
“When a parent signs a transcript and says that ‘it’s legit,’ it’s legit,” Family Heritage Alliance Executive Director Norman Woods testified.