Senators sent on a bill resetting the membership of a special education oversight board and establishing it in state statute recently (1/22).
Sen. Ryan Maher noted on the Senate floor that SB 1 originated from the legislative interim study on the Extraordinary Cost Fund due to rising number of students in and costs associated with special education.
SB 1 establishes Extraordinary Cost Oversight board – the group which approves or denies requests to access Extraordinary Cost Fund dollars – in statute, repeals its status from administrative rule and amends membership to the seven-member ECO board to include one member of the legislature and six members – appointed by the Secretary of Education – from the following categories:
- The Department of Education;
- A district with an enrollment of 600 or more students;
- A district with an enrollment of between 200-599 students; and
- A district with an enrollment of 200 or fewer students.
Sen. Maher said the interim committee “thought it would be a good idea to have at least one legislator serving on this board” to communicate back to the full legislature any developments related to special education.