CHAPTER 410

RELATING TO HANDICAPPED CHILDREN

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14, DELAWARE CODE OF 1953 ENTITLED "EDUCATION" IN REGARD TO EXCEPTIONAL AND HANDICAPPED CHILDREN AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THE EDUCATION, TRAINING AND TRANSPORTATION OF HANDICAPPED CHILDREN.

WHEREAS, § 3103, Chapter 31, Title 14, Delaware Code of 1953 expressly requires the State Board of Education to provide and maintain special classes and special facilities to meet the needs of handicapped children recommended for special training; and

WHEREAS, it is the obligation of the State Board of Education to provide educational opportunities for all of the children of the State in accordance with their aptitudes, interests, abilities, or disabilities, and

WHEREAS, it is sound economically, socially advantageous, and humane to provide for exceptional children, and

WHEREAS, the current budgets of the various school districts are inadequate to support a satisfactory educational program adapted to the needs of exceptional children; NOW, THEREFORE,

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. There is appropriated to the State Board of Education the sum of seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000.00) for the school year 1953-54 and a further sum of seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000.00) for the school year 1954-55 to carry out the provisions of Chapter 31, Title 14, Delaware Code of 1953.

Section 2. §3101, Title 14, Delaware Code of 1953 is amended by striking out the definition of "maladjusted children" as it appears therein and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

"Maladjusted children" means children between the ages of six and sixteen years of age who are truant, incorrigible, delinquent, or in need of a special educational program designed to prevent them from becoming truant, incorrigible or delinquent, or children who, upon the recommendation and approval of the chief administrative officer of a school district and upon the recommendation and approval of the Director of Child Development and Guidance, and/or upon commitment by courts of competent jurisdiction are assigned to such classes, schools, or institutions.

Section 3. § 3104 (5), Title 14, Delaware Code of 1953 is amended to read as follows:

(5) allocation and/or transfer of funds to school districts or institutions which establish and maintain special classes for handicapped children for costs in excess of the funds necessary for the classes of the normal children.

Section 4. This is a supplementary appropriation. The source of funds shall be the General Fund.

Approved July 15, 1953.