Committee hears transition task force bill

The House Children and Seniors Committee on Thursday held a hearing on HB 2745, which would establish a transition bill of rights task force to recommend ways to help special education students transition to post-high school life and work. 

Proponents of the bill say special education students and their parents aren’t always adequately informed about the available services that help high school special education students transition to the next era of their education or employment. In Kansas, special ed students aged 14-21 are eligible for those transition services. 

The Kansas Association of Special Education Administrators (KASEA) testified against the bill, saying that although “work needs to be done” to improve communication between special education professionals and parents, the state’s Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) is the appropriate group to address those concerns. 

Committee Chair Rep. Erin Davis said she hoped to work HB 2745 before next Thursday’s turnaround deadline if the schedule allows. 

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