State Poised to Adopt Budget with Historic Special Education Funding Increases

The budget still needs to be adopted so stay tuned, but everything points to the additions below being real.  
  • Applies a 4.05% COLA and increases special education funding by $396.8 million ongoing Proposition 98 funding, increasing the per ADA statewide base rate
  • Increases the special education funding formula by $260 million ongoing to include funding for specified services for children aged 3-5 years old in the formula
  • $15 million one-time for the Supporting Inclusive Practices project
  • $7 million in ongoing federal funding to expand family empowerment centers to all regions in the state
  • $550 million total in one-time Proposition 98 funding to invest in increased support for special education alternative dispute resolution ($100 million) and learning recovery supports ($450 million) for special education students associated with impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • $300,000 onetime for development and piloting of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) facilitation networ​k.

​The Federal government budget proposes to continue the 3 billion special education American Rescue Act dollars beyond the one time 2021-22 award to states for the coming year and to increase by 1 billion each subsequent year.  These ongoing increases is what "fully funding special education" means and would be achieved over a 10 year period.  Senate Bill 72 by Chris Van Holland.​

 

UPDATE:  July 2, 2021 EdSOURCE