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  1. How was the CBVI budget impacted in the proposed FY’12 budget?
  2. Were all of CBVI programs and services considered for reduction?
  3. How were budget reduction items selected?
  4. How does CBVI plan to provide blindness/low vision related services to students?

  1. How was the CBVI budget impacted in the proposed FY’12 budget?
    Twenty CBVI teaching positions were eliminated in the proposed FY’12 budget for a savings of $1.5 million. This reduction was one of many very difficult decisions the Department of Human Services (DHS) made in the context of presenting a fiscally responsible, balanced budget to the Governor. The recommendation to score savings in this area was not a reflection of the quality or value each teacher brought to the CBVI education program. It is evidence of the fiscal challenges the state is facing as it works to close a $10 billion deficit. No other services or programs were affected.
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  2. Were all of CBVI programs and services considered for reduction?
    Yes. Per the Governor’s Budget Address, all programs and services were to be reviewed using zero-based planning. In other words, program managers had to work up to sustainable budget allocations from a zero starting point, rather than the last fiscal year appropriation. CBVI did this with a particular focus on state funded programs and services since a reduction in federally funded programs would not have served to significantly reduce the state’s budget. 
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  3. How were budget reduction items selected?
    Every Division in every Department or Agency was required to review their budgets for potential savings. If services were duplicated by another agency, or readily available through another venue, reductions and/or eliminations were encouraged.  CBVI caseloads have been declining in recent years and many children served through the program are also being served through other state departments and agencies.
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  4. How does CBVI plan to provide blindness/low vision related services to students?
    CBVI’s education service still employs 50 twelve-month full-time teachers. Its mission to promote independence and achievement remains unchanged.  Our 100 year commitment of support and education services continues. 
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