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Subchapter 002 : AID FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION AND SUPPORT SERVICES(Cite as: 16 V.S.A. § 2962)
§ 2962. Extraordinary special education reimbursement
(a)(1) As used in this section, “child” means a student with disabilities who is three years of age or older in the current school year.
(2) As used in this subchapter, “extraordinary expenditures” means a supervisory union’s allowable special education expenditures that for any one child in a fiscal year exceed $60,000.00, increased annually by the annual change in the National Income and Product Accounts (NIPA) Implicit Price Deflator for State and Local Government Consumption Expenditures and Gross Investment as reported by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.
(3) The State Board of Education shall define allowable special education expenditures that shall include any expenditures required under federal law in order to implement fully individual education programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. chapter 33, and any costs of mediation conducted by a mediator who is approved by the Secretary.
(b) If a supervisory union has extraordinary expenditures, it shall be eligible for extraordinary special education reimbursement (extraordinary reimbursement) as provided in this section.
(c) A supervisory union that has extraordinary expenditures in a fiscal year for any one child shall be eligible for extraordinary reimbursement equal to:
(1) an amount equal to its special education expenditures in that fiscal year for that child that exceed the extraordinary expenditures threshold amount under subdivision (a)(2) of this section (excess expenditures) multiplied by 95 percent; plus
(2) an amount equal to the lesser of:
(A) the amount of its excess expenditures; or
(B)(i) the extraordinary expenditures threshold amount under subdivision (a)(2) of this section; minus
(ii) the base amount of the census grant received by the supervisory union under subsection 2961(d) of this title for that fiscal year; multiplied by
(iii) 60 percent.
(d) The State Board of Education shall establish by rule the administrative process for supervisory unions to submit claims for extraordinary reimbursement under this section and for the review and payment of those claims.
(e) Under section 2973 of this title, a supervisory union, in its role as the local education agency, may place a student with an individualized education program under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. chapter 33, with certain approved independent schools that accept public tuition. If the approved independent school is entitled to special education cost reimbursement under that section, it may bill the supervisory union for excess special education costs incurred by the independent school in providing special education services to that student beyond those covered by general tuition. If those costs for that student exceed the extraordinary expenditures threshold as defined in subdivision (a)(2) of this section, the supervisory union shall be entitled to extraordinary reimbursement under this section for that student as if it incurred those costs directly. (Added 1987, No. 235 (Adj. Sess.), § 7; amended 1989, No. 107, § 6; 1989, No. 230 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 18, 26; 1995, No. 157 (Adj. Sess.), § 14, eff. July 1, 1997; 1995, No. 157 (Adj. Sess.), § 22; 1997, No. 60, § 30b, eff. July 1, 1998; 2003, No. 36, § 13; 2003, No. 130 (Adj. Sess.), § 7; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 205, eff. Feb. 14, 2014; 2015, No. 148 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. July 1, 2017; 2017, No. 173 (Adj. Sess.), § 14, eff. July 1, 2019; 2017, No. 173 (Adj. Sess.), § 5, eff. July 1, 2022.)