|Connecticut Bill Would Update Special Education Services for Students: Connecticut lawmakers are considering legislation that would update existing law to ensure that children age 14 through 22 who require special education services receive transition support from the state. Currently, the Connecticut Department of Education is required to collaborate with other state agencies to provide special education and related services to children in need, but House Bill 5462 would specify that transition services must be made available to children age 14 through 22, in particular. In the context of the bill, transition services refers to a coordinated set of activities focused on helping a child move from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, employment, or independent living, among others. The bill is currently pending in the House Committee on Appropriations.
Kentucky Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto, Approves State Budget Bill: Last week, the Kentucky Legislature voted to override Governor Matt Bevin’s (R) veto of HB 200, which contains the state operating budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. Governor Bevin vetoed the bill in its entirety on April 9, stating that it fails to adequately account for known costs, resulting in an unbalanced budget. Among other provisions, the bill increases per-pupil K-12 funding from $3,700 to $4,000 per year, an increase of roughly $60 million. Notable exclusions from the budget include funding for charter schools, state funding for textbooks, and numerous teacher training programs. The bill, which will guide state spending through fiscal year 2019, has been signed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House, enrolled, and delivered to the Secretary of State as Act as Chapter 169.
Virginia Updates Dual Enrollment Credit Standards: Virginia HB 3/Chapter 787 was approved by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam on April 9. The act requires the development of a standard Passport Program and a Uniform Certificate of General Studies program to be offered at each community college. By default, four-year institutions will need to accept courses in the passport program for credit, unless a waiver has been granted for a particular course of study. Four-year institutions will be required to map out career education pathways to allow students to see the classes necessary to complete a four-year program. The act takes effect July 1.
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