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Florida Could Avoid $1.5 Million Annually in ESE Costs for Out-of-State Students Who Are Placed in Private Residential Facilities, Report No. 03-58, November 2003
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  • Florida currently pays over $3.5 billion dollars annually for exceptional student education.  Although not required by federal law, Florida school districts pay approximately $1.5 million annually for exceptional education services provided to out-of-state students that have been placed in private residential facilities within Florida.  These costs should instead be paid by the home states of these students. 
  • The Florida Department of Education’s database misclassifies the majority of out-of-state children in private residential facilities as Florida residents.  As a result, the department is unable to accurately determine the number of non-resident children living in Florida facilities.  The department and school districts are also unable to ensure that the facilities are not billing both Florida and the students’ home states for educational services.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Exceptional Student Education
Medicaid Health Care Services (AHCA)
Children's Medical Services
Mental Health Services (DCF)
Developmental Disabilities (DCF)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-51 Legislature Clarified Responsibility for Educating Exceptional Students in Residential Facilities,published in August 2010.
  • Report No. 08-27 Responsibility for the Education of Exceptional Students in Residential Treatment Facilities Needs Clarification, published in April 2008.
  • Report No. 06-49 Progress Report:  Steps Taken to Maximize Federal Revenue for Exceptional Student Education Program, published in May 2006.
  • Report No. 05-38 Progress Report: Florida Continues to Fund Out-of-State Students Placed in Private Residential Facilities, published in June 2005.
  • Report No. 04-39 Information Brief:  Many Children Receiving Intensive Exceptional Student Education Services Are Served by Multiple Programs; No Unnecessary Duplication of Services Found, published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 04-16 Special Report:  Maximizing Federal Revenue Could Help Offset Costly Services for Children with Disabilities, published in February 2004.
  • Report No. 03-40 Special Report: Exceptional Student Education Population Grows Dramatically; More Accountability and Better Training Needed to Implement Funding Matrix, published in July 2003.
  • Report No. 96-83 Review of the Exceptional Student Education Program Administered by the Department of Education, published in April 1997.

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