HCS HB 1154 -- SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENTAL TRAINING
SPONSOR: Fitzwater (Boucher)
COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass" by the Committee on
Education-Elementary and Secondary by a vote of 18 to 1.
This substitute directs the Division of Special Education in the
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to administer a
competitive grant program for school districts, subject to
appropriation, to expand the availability of training and
information provided to parents of children with disabilities.
The program will be administered in consultation with a state--
level advisory panel.
The core content of the training program will be developed
jointly by the recipient of the state Parent Training and
Information Center (PTIC) grant, as designated and funded under
the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the
Missouri Council for Administrators in Special Education. The
core content will include information about school and parental
responsibilities, state procedures, and training for effective
interaction with professionals. The PTIC and the council will
receive funds from the appropriation to permit them to design
the grant application content, the selection process for grants,
the evaluation procedure, and a parent advisory council
guidebook, all subject to final approval of the Division of
Special Education. The PTIC and the division will implement the
state level training for district teams, the review and awarding
of grant applications, and the yearly evaluation of the parent
training program at the state and local level.
To be eligible for a grant, school districts must agree to form
parent advisory councils, use the core content, with
modifications for local needs, and use parent-educator teams
from the local district who will be trained with the core
content to provide training at the district level. The
substitute specifies duties of the parent advisory council,
which include identifying training needs and evaluation
measures, among others. The contents of the local district
grant proposal are specified, and multiple districts are
permitted to submit a joint proposal. Money not allocated to
local districts under the training fund will go to the PTIC to
be used in districts that have not established parent advisory
councils. The substitute also requires that a portion of the
appropriation for the lead agency of the early intervention
system be designated for use in training and information for
families of infants and toddlers who receive early intervention
services. The substitute specifies that disputes concerning
collaborative activities will be resolved by a mutually agreed
upon mediator. The substitute contains language for the
promulgation of rules to implement the program.
FISCAL NOTE: Cost to General Revenue Fund of $306,500 in FY
2001, $315,695 in FY 2002, and $325,166 in FY 2003. Estimated
Net Effect on Special Education Parental Training Fund of $0 in
FY 2001, FY 2002, and FY 2003.
PROPONENTS: Supporters say that while many school districts do
a good job of communicating with parents of children with
disabilities, some do not. Even parents with a high level of
education and a lot of motivation can be intimidated by the
amount of information and the layers of regulation surrounding
special education. There should be a source of consistent,
reliable information for parents.
Testifying for the bill were Representative Boucher; Special
Education Advisory Panel; Missouri Council of Special Education
Administrators; Missouri Planning Council on Developmental
Disabilities; and the Governor's Council on Disability.
OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.
Becky DeNeve, Senior Legislative Analyst
HB 1154 -- Special Education Parental Training
This bill directs the Department of Elementary and Secondary
Education (DESE) to administer a grant program to expand the
availability of training and information provided to parents of
children with disabilities. The program will be developed in
consultation with the special advisory panel required by the
federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The grant
program has two parts: grants to local districts and a parent
training and information center.
The core content of the training program will be developed and
implemented cooperatively by DESE, the recipient of the state
parent training and information center grant, and local school
districts. The core content will include information about
eligibility criteria for special education, state and local
policies and procedures, available services, and training for
effective interaction with professionals. To be eligible,
school districts must agree to form parent advisory committees,
use the core content, with modifications for local needs, and
use parent-educator teams from the local district to provide
training. The contents of the local district grant proposal are
specified. Districts may apply for grants up to $10 for each
student with a disability.
The parent training center is eligible for a grant amount up to
5% of the total appropriation for the program to support
development and training. DESE and the parent training and
information center must develop an evaluation model to measure
participation, adequacy of training, and degree of satisfaction
with the training.
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