Public Policy Center, University of Nebraska


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Published by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center (2001)


This Reference Document is intended to provide information about a variety of flexible funding projects that address issues related to discipline and counseling in Nebraska’s schools. The Document is a product of the “Practices Improvement Project in Behavior/Discipline and Counseling,” sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education, and housed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Drake University, Des Moines. This Reference Document is intended to be used to permit sharing, cooperation, and coordination of school efforts.

The flexible funding option for Nebraska’s school systems allows the use of a percentage of that district’s special education funds for the education of students not verified as having a disability as defined within 92 Nebraska Administrative Code 51 (Rule 51). The concept originated out of legislation passed in the 1997 Unicameral session. Under the law (Neb. Rev. Stat. 79-1142) school districts and approved cooperatives are allowed to channel a percent of their total allowable reimbursable special education costs to “preventative” support services for “students not identified or verified as having a disability... but who demonstrate a need for specially designed assistance in order to benefit from the school’s general education curriculum.”

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