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July 3, 1995


I am transmitting to the Secretary of State, with my signature, 95-S-784 Sub A, as amended, "An Act Relating to Education Program Requirements for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students."

This legislation provides program requirements for deaf and hard of hearing students and identifies factors to be considered in establishing an individualized educational program for such students. The Act is strongly supported by advocates for the Rhode Island deaf community and has also received the support of the Department of Education and the Commission on the Handicapped. Some concern, however, has been raised over the Act's potential cost.

If this bill imposed burdensome, unfunded mandates on local school committees, I also would have reservations. As adopted, however, the bill allows flexibility in designing individualized education programs and would not appear to have any substantial fiscal impact. Although the addition of individuals qualified to teach American sign language may be necessary, the Department of Education retains jurisdiction over certification standards. As such, I trust that the Act will not be interpreted to impose onerous, unfunded burdens on local school districts.

With the foregoing message. I sign this bill into law.


Lincoln Almond