A. There is established a special education fund, which shall consist of legislative appropriations made to the fund for purposes of this section and section 15-1202.
Terms Used In Arizona Laws 15-1182
- Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
- Child: means a person who is at least three years of age by September 1 of the current year but who is under twenty-two years of age. See Arizona Laws 15-1181
- Child with a disability: means a child with a disability as defined in section 15-761. See Arizona Laws 15-101
- Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
- Fiscal year: means the year beginning July 1 and ending June 30. See Arizona Laws 15-101
- Fund: means the special education fund. See Arizona Laws 15-1181
- person: means an individual, partnership, corporation, association or public or private organization of any kind. See Arizona Laws 15-101
- placement: means placement of a child in a private residential facility for residential special education placement as defined in section 15-761 or by a state placing agency for care, safety or treatment reasons. See Arizona Laws 15-1181
- School district: means a political subdivision of this state with geographic boundaries organized for the purpose of the administration, support and maintenance of the public schools or an accommodation school. See Arizona Laws 15-101
- State placing agency: means the department of juvenile corrections, the department of economic security, the department of child safety, the Arizona health care cost containment system or the administrative office of the court. See Arizona Laws 15-1181
B. The fund shall be administered by the superintendent of public instruction for the purposes provided in this article and article 7 of this chapter.
C. Each fiscal year the state board of education shall include in its budget request for assistance to schools a separate line item for the fund.
D. The fund shall provide monies for the education of a child who has been placed in a residential facility by a state placing agency or who requires a residential special education placement as defined in section 15-761.
E. If a child has been placed in a residential facility by a state placing agency, the fund shall provide monies for the following types of vouchers:
1. Initial residential education vouchers to fund the educational costs for any child, whether or not eligible for special education. This paragraph applies to a child who has been placed in a residential facility and who has either not received a comprehensive education evaluation as provided in section 15-766, who has previously received such an evaluation and was determined to be ineligible for special education services or who is eligible for special education and for whom necessary procedures for changing the child’s educational placement must be completed. This voucher expires on the expiration of sixty calendar days or completion of the educational evaluation or review of special education placement, whichever occurs first.
2. Continuing residential education vouchers that fund the educational costs for any child, whether or not eligible for special education, who requires placement in a residential facility after the expiration of the initial education voucher and who is not eligible for a residential special education voucher.
F. When a school district makes a residential special education placement, the fund shall provide monies to fund the residential special education placement.
G. Monies in the fund are exempt from the provisions of section 35-190 relating to lapsing of appropriations. Any monies left unexpended may be distributed to school districts by the department of education for the following purposes:
1. To provide educational counseling, training and support services to a child with a disability in order to maintain the child’s educational placement in the least restrictive environment.
2. To provide educational transition assistance to children who return to their home after placement in a residential facility.
3. To train personnel for and develop and implement model programs for use by school districts to serve children with emotional disabilities.
H. The total amount of state monies that may be spent in any fiscal year by the superintendent of public instruction for the purposes of this article shall not exceed the amount appropriated or authorized by section 35-173 for that purpose. This article shall not be construed to impose a duty on an officer, agent or employee of this state to discharge a responsibility or to create any right in a person or group if the discharge or right would require an expenditure of state monies in excess of the expenditure authorized by legislative appropriation for that specific purpose.