I've just had two ideas on how it could be done:
- The federal stimulus includes major IDEA funding increases. Maybe dollars can't go directly to the School for the Blind because it isn't in a standard school district. If so, maybe school districts could receive the money, include the program in students' Individual Education Plans, and then pay KSB in an added step.
- The 2009 program could be paid for out of the 2009-10 budget. That's how ESS has worked for years, and it's a bad idea--but maybe better than no program at all.