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Legislature Acts to Extend Sunset Date of SESA

HB 87 continues Special Education Service Agency until 2021

Saturday, April 13, 2013, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska House of Representatives today adopted and passed the conference committee report for House Bill 87, by Representative Pete Higgins, extending the sunset date of the Special Education Service Agency (SESA) to June 30, 2021, and increasing the agency’s funding allotment per student.

SESA was established in statute in 1986 to provide services to school districts around the state in fulfilling the requirements for the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

“SESA services, whether they are delivered in person or via videoconference, mean that students are able to be educated in their own communities and not be forced to move due to lack of available expertise,” Higgins, R-Fairbanks, said. “This agency has an important role in the state and I’m glad that Legislative Audit recommended the renewal of it.”

The conference committee increased the agency’s funding from $15.75 to $18.65 times the average daily membership of students in the state.

The 2012 Legislative Audit found that SESA performs a valuable and unduplicated service to school districts and recommended the renewal of the program.

HB 87 passed the House and Senate unanimously and now heads to the Governor for signature.

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