K12 has found a new market. I wonder if the state reimbursement is higher to deliver online instruction to homebound children with special needs:
The answer to your question is yes, state reimbursement for children with disabilities is higher per pupil with special needs. The per pupil rate is determined by the child’s disability in one of IDEA’s disability/ eligibility categories. Some eligibility areas carry greater weight in the funding formula. The amount is determined by the child’s individual needs and service provisions written in their IEPs. The more direct services (e.g., class type, teacher and assistants) and related services (e.g., speech, OT, PT, transportation, etc) required for a child to meet the IEP goals and objectives, the more money the district receives. If a child has an IEP, federal law mandates transportation is an automatic related service, meaning states must reimburse districts for transportation for all children with IEP’s .
Online “schools” don’t transport so are they being reimbursed for transportation in state funding formulas? good question. Are they being reimbursed for specialized services and personnel as designated in IEP’s? Good question. Are they PROVIDING all services mandated by IEP’s? Who knows?
More dollars profit per student, that’s all that matters. Who gives a shit if they are educated to the fullest extent possible.
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