Dahle Bill Protects Funding for Innovative Special Needs Program

SACRAMENTO – A bill authored by Senator Brian Dahle (R-Bieber) SB 648 is now headed to the governor’s desk for signature. The measure eliminates a technicality that prevented a school district with students attending the Mountain Valley Special Education Joint Powers Authority (JPA) from collecting state funding for those students, securing the JPA’s future.

The Mountain Valley JPA was formed in Shasta County between 14 school districts. The districts provide instruction to special needs students, but because many of the schools only have 1 or 2 students with special needs, they combined and formed a JPA.

“Rural schools often struggle to provide specialized programs for small numbers of students, including those with special needs. The Mountain Valley JPA is a creative solution to serve students who have disabilities. I applaud the school leaders
who formed the JPA for their resourcefulness and hope this inspires others to use innovative approaches to meet students’ needs,” said Dahle.

Learn more about Senator Dahle’s legislative priorities on his website.

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