The State of Maryland issued a request for proposal to obtain a study on the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process and special education funding adequacy in Maryland. WestEd, a research, service, and development agency is contracted to conduct the study.
The Maryland General Assembly enacted Chapter 715, Acts of 2017 (House Bill 1240, 2017 Legislative Session), as amended by Chapter 361 Acts of 2018 (House Bill 1415, 2018 Legislative Session), requiring MSDE to contract with a public or private entity for the purposes of conducting a comprehensive, independent study of the IEP process in the State of Maryland, including the procedures relating to the identification, evaluation, and educational placement of a child, the provision of a free and appropriate education, and the dispute resolution procedures provided under § 8–413 of the Education Article. Additionally, the study must include a review of the methodology to estimate the cost of providing an adequate education to students with disabilities in special education used by top performing counties and other states. The study must also result in a recommendation regarding the appropriate level of funding for Special Education students in Maryland and any weights that may correspond to the recommended funding level. MSDE is required to report the findings to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2019.
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