- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Parents of developmentally disabled children are asking Montana lawmakers to raise the age limit for special education funding.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2kniqNm ) that Montana is the only state that does not pay school districts for special education programs for students 19 or older. On Monday, parents of children with Down syndrome, autism and other disabilities asked lawmakers to change that.

Rep. Kathy Kelker, D-Billings, has proposed a bill that would raise the funding cutoff age to 22. The bill would support programs for severely disabled students who have not yet graduated.

No lawmaker has spoken against the bill. A similar bill in 2015 was tabled in the Appropriations Committee.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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