General Assembly passes legislation that extends transitional education programs for disabled students
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro and Sen. Daniel Da Ponte’s legislation (2016-H 7050 / 2016-S 2391 Sub A) that would provide children with disabilities, who are enrolled in post-secondary or transitional education programs administered by local educational agencies, the opportunity to continue the educational programs through to the conclusion of the school or program’s academic year, even if the student reaches the age of 21 during the school year, has passed the General Assembly. The legislation now heads to Governor Raimondo’s desk for action.
“This legislation is about helping our children with disabilities receive the education they need to succeed in this world. We cannot just cast aside these children with disabilities because they reach the age of 21. That in my opinion is not morally right,” said Chairman of the House Committee on Rules Azzinaro (D-Dist. 37, Westerly).
“We cannot in good conscience kick special needs students out of their respective school system programs in the middle of the year because they reach a certain age,” said Senator Da Ponte (D-Dist. 14, East Providence). “The right thing to do is allow them to finish the school year and this legislation ensures just that.”
Currently, funding for the child’s special education is cut off once the child reaches the age of 21, regardless if the child’s birthday is in the middle of a current school year.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903