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House Bill 1367


House Bill 1367

ARCHIVE (2012)

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DIGEST OF HB 1367 (Updated March 6, 2012 10:55 am - DI 84)


Deaf and hard of hearing education services. Establishes the center for deaf and hard of hearing education (center) to ensure that children who are deaf or hard of hearing acquire optimal communication and academic abilities. Specifies the duties of the center. Provides that before July 1, 2013, the office of management and budget (OMB) shall, in consultation with the Indiana School for the Deaf, the department of education, the state department of health, and the office of the secretary of family and social services, recommend to the general assembly through the budget process an appropriate agency to provide support for the center. Specifies that until the center is established and operating, the Indiana School for the Deaf shall continue to provide those services that will be transferred at the time the center is established and operating. Provides that the state board of finance and the state budget agency may not transfer for use by or for the center any appropriation made to the Indiana School for the Deaf by the 2011 budget act. Transfers the outreach services and consultative services to local education agencies to assist in meeting the needs of locally enrolled students with hearing disabilities of the Indiana School for the Deaf to the center. Provides that, before October 1, 2012, the OMB (in consultation with the Indiana School for the Deaf, the department of education, the state department of health, and the office of the secretary of family and social services) must submit a transition report to the state budget committee. Requires the OMB in developing the transition report to also consult with other specified entities, and to conduct two public meetings prior to submitting its transition report. Requires the OMB to post the final transition report on its Internet web site. Requires the state budget committee to consider the transition report in the state budget report and budget bill. Changes references throughout the Indiana Code from "hearing impaired" to "hard of hearing". Requires the state board of education to make recommendations before October 1, 2012, to the legislative council and to the state budget committee concerning the unique and appropriate methods of evaluation and accountability that should be applied to the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Indiana School for the Deaf.
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