Bill Would Provide Special Education Students More Funds

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A state lawmaker from Lexington, Ky., has pre-filed a bill he said would give parents of children with disabilities up to $12,000 in scholarship money toward specialized education.

State Rep. Stan Lee said the measure would allow parents of the nearly 110,000 Kentucky children with disabilities to choose what school their child attends at no additional cost to taxpayers.

Kentucky Department of Education spokeswoman Lisa Gross said school districts receive a base amount of about $3,760 per child with disabilities, and $3,100 per child with no disabilities, in addition to federal funding. Based on the severity of a child's disability, the amount for children with disabilities can increase.

The bill will be introduced on the first day of the legislative session and is expected to be reviewed by the House Education committee.