17:398        Allocation of funds; pilot programs; inclusion within the minimum foundation program

  A. Funds shall be appropriated annually to the department for the remedial education program in the form of a line item within the general appropriations bill. These funds shall be distributed to the parish and city school boards on a per pupil per subject area basis to be used solely for those students requiring remedial education. Compensatory or remedial teachers shall possess the appropriate certification as required by the state board. Parish and city school boards may employ educators already employed as regular or special education classroom teachers to provide remedial instruction. These educators may receive additional compensation for remedial instruction, provided the services are performed in addition to their regular duties. Parish and city school boards may employ other qualified personnel to provide remedial instruction in accordance with regulations adopted by the state board.

  B. For funding purposes, a student receiving remediation in English language arts and mathematics shall be counted for both areas. Students who are counted to generate funds for remedial education are also eligible to generate allotments for regular or special education teachers, or both. Students receiving services directed toward the educational deficits identified through the state testing program shall be eligible for funding. Local remedial plans shall comply with established regulations adopted by the department and approved by the state board pursuant to R.S. 17:24.4.

Acts 1986, No. 698, Sec. 1, eff. June 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1992, No. 454, Sec. 1.