Posted: 6:11 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013
Proposed changes to county Educational Service Centers in HB59, the budget bill, include:
• Changing the way preschool special education is funded to school districts, which are required to provide services to 3- and 4-year-olds with disabilities. Some funds are now paid directly to ESCs and county Board of Developmental Disabilities but they would be paid instead to a district where the student resides instead.
• Eliminating Supervisory Services funding to ESCs so those dollars stay with the districts.
• Changing the way gifted services are funded. About $8 million in state funding is paid to ESCs to provide gifted supervisory services each year. “HB59 proposes to eliminate that funding, and instead allocates $50 per student for gifted and talented funding, paid to the school district,” Lynch said.
• Eliminating the $6.50 per pupil amount that is automatically deducted from school districts and paid to ESCs for supervisory services. It would eliminate some supervisory requirements and “allow districts to fund programs they choose and contract with ESCs in the manner they best see fit.” While districts may continue to work with an ESC, it would “now be set at an amount negotiated between the ESC” and district, Lynch said.
• Ending the election of ESC board members. There are no longer territorial boundaries for ESCs but members are still elected based on territory, Lynch said. ESCs would be required to develop a governance model similar to joint vocational school districts where “clients,” which could include schools or other local governments, would decide how to setup the governance structure.
The Dayton Daily News is continuing to take an in-depth look into Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget to tell you how it will impact your schools.