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House Study Bill 204

HOUSE FILE BY (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION BILL BY CHAIRPERSON TYMESON) Passed House, Date Passed Senate, Date Vote: Ayes Nays Vote: Ayes Nays Approved A BILL FOR 1 An Act providing for a special education alternative instruction 2 pilot project. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 2670YC 80 5 rn/cl/14 PAG LIN 1 1 Section 1. SPECIAL EDUCATION ALTERNATIVE INSTRUCTION == 1 2 PILOT PROJECT. 1 3 1. A special education alternative instruction pilot 1 4 project is established, to be administered by the department 1 5 of education. The pilot project is established in recognition 1 6 of this state's status as a leader in the provision of special 1 7 education services and instruction; in recognition of the 1 8 department's desire to assist children with special needs in 1 9 receiving services and opportunities that challenge them to 1 10 learn, grow, and develop their potential; to ensure that 1 11 special education students are treated as individuals rather 1 12 than as members of a category or group; and to assist special 1 13 education students in becoming contributing members of their 1 14 communities. 1 15 2. The pilot project shall be implemented during the 1 16 school budget year beginning July 1, 2004, through an area 1 17 education agency selected by the department. The project 1 18 shall consist of one semester of instruction at a private 1 19 provider facility, and shall involve the application of an 1 20 alternative teaching method or program for thirty students in 1 21 grades one through five who have been assessed with mild or 1 22 moderate learning disabilities. The pilot project proposal 1 23 shall be submitted to the United States department of 1 24 education for review and approval prior to implementation. In 1 25 order for a student to participate in the pilot project, the 1 26 teaching method or program developed must first be determined 1 27 to be appropriate to meet the special needs of the prospective 1 28 student participant as identified in that student's 1 29 individualized education plan. 1 30 3. Participating students shall be tested both prior to 1 31 and upon completing the semester to measure the results of the 1 32 application of the private provider's teaching method or 1 33 program. The goal of the pilot project shall be, at a 1 34 minimum, to attain the education goals set forth in a 1 35 student's individualized education plan such that the student 2 1 shall no longer require special education services. A 2 2 complete report of the pilot project and an analysis of the 2 3 results obtained shall be submitted to the members of the 2 4 legislative council by November 1, 2005. 2 5 EXPLANATION 2 6 This bill provides for the establishment of a special 2 7 education alternative instruction pilot project by the 2 8 department of education, in recognition of the significance of 2 9 the state's commitment and leadership status in the area of 2 10 special education. The bill provides that the pilot project 2 11 shall be implemented for one semester during the school budget 2 12 year beginning July 1, 2004, through an area education agency 2 13 selected by the department, at a private provider facility. 2 14 The bill provides that the project shall involve the 2 15 application of an alternative teaching method for 30 students 2 16 in grades one through five who have been assessed with mild or 2 17 moderate learning disabilities, and that the project proposal 2 18 shall be submitted to the United States department of 2 19 education for review and approval prior to implementation. 2 20 The bill provides for the determination that the program is 2 21 appropriate to meet the special needs of a prospective student 2 22 participant as identified in that student's individualized 2 23 education plan prior to selection for participation, and for 2 24 testing prior to and following completion of the project. The 2 25 bill provides that the goal of the project shall be, at a 2 26 minimum, to attain the education goals set forth in the 2 27 individualized education plan such that a student shall no 2 28 longer require special education services, and that a report 2 29 and analysis of results shall be submitted to the members of 2 30 the legislative council by November 1, 2005. 2 31 LSB 2670YC 80 2 32 rn/cl/14
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