Session of 1998
By Committee on Education
            9             AN ACT concerning special education services for uniquely different ex-
10             ceptional children; relating to grants of state moneys for provision of
11             such services; amending K.S.A. 1997 Supp. 72-983 and repealing the
12             existing section.
14       Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
15           Section 1. K.S.A. 1997 Supp. 72-983 is hereby amended to read as
16       follows: 72-983. (a) In each school year, ;c/ommencing with the 1994-95
17       school year, to the extent that appropriations are available, each school
18       district which has provided special education services for an exceptional
19       child who uniquely or so severely differs from other exceptional children
20       in physical, mental, social, emotional or educational characteristics that
21       the costs attributable to the provision of special education services for the
22       child are in excess of $25,000 the district's share of such costs for the
23       school year is eligible to receive a grant of state moneys in an amount
24       equal to 75% of that portion of the costs, incurred by the district in the
25       provision of special education services for the child, that is in excess of
26       $25,000 the district's share of such costs.
27           (b) In order to be eligible for a grant of state moneys provided for by
28       subsection (a), a school district shall submit to the state board of education
29       an application for a grant and a description of the special education serv-
30       ices provided and the child or children for whom provided. The appli-
31       cation and description shall be prepared in such form and manner as the
32       state board shall require and shall be submitted at a time to be deter-
33       mined and specified by the state board. Approval by the state board of
34       applications for grants of state moneys is prerequisite to the award of
35       grants.
36           (c) Each school district which is awarded a grant under this section
37       shall make such periodic and special reports of statistical and financial
38       information to the state board as it may request.
39           (d) All moneys received by a school district under authority of this
40       section shall be deposited in the special education fund of the school
41       district. Amounts received under this section and deposited in the special
42       education fund shall be used exclusively to reimburse the school district,
43       in part, for the excessive amount expended in providing special education

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  1       services for uniquely or severely different exceptional children.
  2           (e) The state board of education shall:
  3           (1) Prescribe and adopt criteria for identification of uniquely or se-
  4       verely different exceptional children and for determination of excessive
  5       costs attributable to the provision of special education services for such
  6       children;
  7           (2) compute a district's share of excessive costs attributable to the
  8       provision of special education services for a uniquely or severely different
  9       exceptional child by determining the low enrollment weighting or the cor-
10       relation weighting, whichever is applicable, of the district, multiplying
11       base state aid per pupil by the determined weighting and adding the
12       product to the product obtained by multiplying base state aid per pupil
13       by two;
14           (2) (3) approve applications of school districts for grants;
15           (3) (4) determine the amount of grants and be responsible for pay-
16       ment of such grants to school districts; and
17           (4) (5) prescribe all forms necessary for reporting under this section.
18           (f) If the amount of appropriations for the payment of grants under
19       this section is insufficient to pay in full the amount each school district is
20       determined to be eligible to receive for the school year, the state board
21       shall prorate the amount appropriated among all school districts which
22       are eligible to receive grants of state moneys in proportion to the amount
23       each school district is determined to be eligible to receive.
24           Sec. 2. K.S.A. 1997 Supp. 72-983 is hereby repealed.
25           Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
26       publication in the statute book.