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Progress Report: Florida Continues to Fund Out-of-State Students Placed in Private Residential Facilities, Report No. 05-38, June 2005
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  • Florida continues to unnecessarily incur costs of serving out-of-state children in residential facilities that should instead be paid by the children’s’ home states.  The Legislature has considered bills to address this problem, but these bills have not passed. 
  • The Department of Education has made limited efforts to improve the accuracy of student residence status as reported by local school districts.  However, lacking a clear statutory definition, it is likely that residency requirements will continue to be interpreted locally and Florida school districts will continue to incur costs to serve out-of-state children. 

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Exceptional Student Education

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 03-58 Special Review:  Florida Could Avoid $1.5 Million Annually in ESE Costs for Out-of-State Students Who Are Placed in Private Residential Facilities, published in October 2003.

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