State eyes changes to special ed funding

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By Tris DeRoma

At a recent Los Alamos Board of Education meeting, officials from the school district revealed the state is considering making a major change to how it funds special education and the Gifted and Talented Education Program. According to the way the state funds special education, GATE is considered a part of special education.
According to LAPS’ Chief Financial Officer John Wolfe, the state is particularly looking at changing over to census-based funding for special education.

After the meeting, Wolfe told the Los Alamos Monitor that this is only a recommendation and that so far, no legislation has resulted from the report. He said he and other school officials will be watching closely to see whether or not the state legislature acts on the recommendations, which were presented in a report by the Legislative Finance Committee.

If that were to happen Wolfe said the district could stand to lose $270,000 in special education funding. “This would have a negative impact on those districts that would exceed the census right now,” he said at the meeting.

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