An Update on Specialized Treatment Centers (STCs) Board Work Session April 11, 2019 Daniel Boyd Agenda Overview of Specialized Treatment Centers Historical Information Classification/Designations Issues Regarding STCs Solution Options Timeline Overview To Date: 63 STCs 37 Local Education Agencies (LEA) serve as fiscal agents for payment to STCs.
Information regarding STCs: Approximately 5 Different Types of STCs across the state. Student population encompasses Regular Education and Special Education Multiple placement entities Funding comes from multiple sources Pathways to STCs DHR Parent Judge STCs LEA 4 Multi-Needs
Child Committee Factors Contributing to the Complexities of STCs Alabama K-12 Special Education Regular Education Influencing Entities Funding Sources
5 ALSDE IDEA DHR Mental Health STCs FAPE
ALSDE Judges DHR Mental Health LEAs Special Interest Groups Statutory Authority US Department of Education FAPE guaranteed under Federal Law Special education and the specific services are tailored to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities. The rights of the students and their parents are to be protected by the law, under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment. Students with disabilities are required to have an individualized education program.
Students with disabilities should receive instruction in the least restrictive environment along with nondisabled peers. If a student is identified as having a disability, appropriate services for their needs must be provided by the state. Students with disabilities are entitled to a free and appropriate public education. Center Rules and Regulations SBOE adopted January 2014 Special Education Existing Rules and Regulations Policy State Board of Education Adopted rule 290-8-8 on February 21, 2014
Rule provides that all specialized treatment centers that are licensed or certified by other state or federal agencies serving Alabama students in grades K-12 shall, before receiving any appropriation from the Education Trust Fund, be required to obtain an Educational Endorsement of Operation from the Alabama State Department of Education The LEA of location of the STC is responsible for FAPE (Administrative Code, 2014) 8 Types of Centers (Facilities Perspective) Adult correctional facility
Youth detention facilities DYS (Department of Youth Services) Specialized treatment hospitals Treatment center Issues (Student Services) Grading, credits, transcripts, and diplomas Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) Student needs Student records Effective student transition and placement Issues (Curriculum and Instruction) Curriculum Student assessment Certified educators Professional development
Materials, technology and equipment Issues (Funding, Compliance & Other) Funding Oversight and accountability Effective communication Lack of LEA involvement Goal of Changes FAPE Funding Curriculum & Assessment Student Transitions & Placement Certified Educators &
Professional Development Accountability Clear delineation of who is responsible for FAPE and other student services Restructure payments not to be based solely on bed count Utilize a curriculum consistent with LEA guidelines Assess all regular and special need students Incorporate PowerSchool student management system to track STC students Incorporate SETS to monitor STC special needs student Provide additional guidance on teacher certification Provide assistance and access to professional development
Implement comprehensive monitoring guidelines Implement a system that monitors a funding mechanism that best serves the needs of students and the STC Possible Solutions Option A FAPE is the responsibility of the local LEA Option B FAPE is the responsibility of the LEA of students residence Option C Hybrid of A and B Option D Quasi-LEA 14 Proposed Timeline Discussion
of Issues July 2018 September 2018 Meeting with Brustein and Manasevit October 2018 Approval of Administrative
Code Changes Presentation ALSDE Work Session of the Concerns Teleconference with Brustein and Manasevit February 2019 Discussion of Issues
April 2019 May 2019 Approval of Administrative Code Change June 2019 Implementation of Changes in Stages
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