HARRISBURG – A proposal from Dauphin County Rep. Patty Kim would extend special education eligibility for students with an Individualized Education Program or IEP in relation to transition programming after the age of 18. The COVID-19 pandemic has had negative impacts for those who require Individualized Education Programs. There are about 1,300 PA students in their final year of eligibility for transition assistance. Without proper action, their eligibility would expire, and they would no longer be able to access the vital services. The measure would ensure no student enrolled in school with an active IEP when the governor first declared the COVID-19 state of emergency shall lose their eligibility for services until 12 months after the expiration of the emergency declaration. It would be up to the parents and students if they want to continue participating in the program after they turn 18. Similar legislation was introduced in the last legislative session.