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FY2011 Legislative Priorities

Special Education Service Agency

What: The Special Education Service Agency (SESA) provides no-charge services for low-incidence disabilities for 73 school districts in rural and remote locations. Many of these districts have no method of coping with certain low-incidence disabilities. SESA sends knowledgeable staff members to give consultation to instructors, and provides on-going consultation over the phone or in person if needed after the initial service.

Why: Funding for SESA has not changed since 1999, despite the rising costs due to inflation over the last decade. A GF/MH grant in the amount of $100,000 is recommended in an attempt to offset the increasing costs of living as well as inflation in the state of Alaska, so that staff of SESA can continue to travel to rural Alaska and provide this necessary consultation.