ORS 327.348¹
High Cost Disabilities Account
  • grants
  • approved costs
  • rules

(1) There is established within the State School Fund a High Cost Disabilities Account.

(2) Each fiscal year, the Department of Education shall distribute moneys from the account to school districts as high cost disabilities grants. A school district may receive moneys from the account if the school district has a resident pupil with a disability for whom the approved costs to the school district of providing special education and related services, as determined under subsection (4) of this section, exceed $30,000.

(3) The amount of moneys received by a school district under this section for each resident pupil with a disability shall equal the approved costs, as determined under subsection (4) of this section, incurred by the school district in providing special education and related services to the pupil minus $30,000.

(4) The department shall determine the approved costs incurred by a school district in providing special education and related services to a pupil with a disability. The approved costs incurred by a school district may include costs incurred by an education service district of providing special education and related services to the school district through the resolution process described in ORS 334.175 (Core services). In determining the approved costs for which a school district may receive moneys under this section, the department shall consider:

(a) How efficiently the special education and related services are provided by the school district; and

(b) The use of available resources by the school district.

(5) If the total approved costs for which school districts are seeking moneys from the account exceed the amount in the account in any fiscal year, the department shall prorate the amount of moneys available for distribution in the account among those school districts that are eligible for moneys from the account.

(6) The department shall distribute any moneys in the account that are not distributed under this section in any fiscal year to school districts based on ORS 327.008 (State School Fund) and 327.013 (State School Fund distribution computations for school districts).

(7) The State Board of Education may adopt any rules necessary for the administration of this section. [2005 c.803 §2; 2007 c.70 §93]

Note: Section 10, chapter 846, Oregon Laws 2007, provides:

Sec. 10. (1) During the 2007-2009 biennium, the legislative interim committees on revenue shall conduct a study of the adequacy of funding of small school districts and small education service districts. The committees shall examine:

(a) The relationship between small school districts and education service districts;

(b) Whether the additional amounts received by small school districts that are attributable to the additional amount added to the ADMw of those districts under ORS 327.013 (State School Fund distribution computations for school districts) (7)(a)(F) and 327.077 (Remote small elementary school and small high school determination) and the amount awarded as grants under ORS 327.357 (Small school district grants), when combined with other funding, are adequate to provide sufficient funding for those small school districts;

(c) What types of small school districts are not being provided adequate funding; and

(d) The long term effects of not providing small school districts and small education service districts with adequate funding.

(2) Based on the study, the legislative interim committees on revenue shall make recommendations to the Seventy-fifth Legislative Assembly and may presession file proposed legislation that would implement the recommendations. [2007 c.846 §10]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 327—State Financing of Elementary and Secondary Education, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors327.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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