Delaware State Rep. Kim Williams just announced on Facebook that House Bill 30 was released from the House Appropriations Committee. This is excellent news, and I pray this leads to positive action on the legislation by the Delaware House and Senate. House Bill 30 would give what is considered Basic Special Education funding for Delaware students in Kindergarten to 3rd Grade. Currently, this funding is not given to students in this category, but it is for students considered “intense” or “complex”. Students currently under the basic designation in 4th to 12th grade do receive this funding. It has been like this since 2011.
Introduced about a year and a half ago, the bill sailed through the House Education Committee but was sitting in a “sent to appropriations” status for well over 15 months. Advocates for special education, including myself, have pointed out this extreme inequity in education funding for years. This is a very positive step forward in correcting this inequity.
I will certainly let readers know the second the next action occurs with this legislation.