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Special education bill

passes House

A bill that would change the way special education is funded in Wyoming passed its third reading in the state House of Representatives.

On Monday, the House passed HB46 and the Senate received it for introduction. The bill would fully fund special education based on school districts’ actual costs. Currently, districts receive a set amount of money for special education regardless of their actual costs.

Teton County School District No. 1 Superintendent Gillian Chapman said most districts end up spending more than they are allocated through the education funding model, which forces them to trim spending elsewhere or to dip into cash reserves. HB46 says the money given “shall be equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the amount actually expended by the district during the previous school year for special education programs and services.”

The Senate has not scheduled the bill for a committee meeting or a floor vote.

— Tom Hallberg

Jackson Hole Daily

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