ARRA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) Part B Grants to States and Preschool Grants
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)-IDEA funds must be used consistently with the current IDEA, Part B statutory and regulatory requirements and applicable requirements in the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). These funds must be used only for the excess costs of providing special education and related services to children with disabilities, except where IDEA specifically provides otherwise. For any student receiving special education services under an Individualized Education Program (IEP), the district must first meet its excess cost requirement. A local education agency (LEA) meets this excess cost requirement (defined under 34 CFR Section 300.212 (2)(i)) when it has spent "at least a minimum average amount for the education of its children with disabilities before funds under Part B of this Act are used."
An LEA may (or in some cases must) use up to 15 percent of its total IDEA, Part B Grants to States and Preschool Grants, including the ARRA-IDEA funds, for early intervening services for children in grades K through 12, with an emphasis on students in kindergarten through grade 3, who are not currently identified as children with disabilities, but who need additional academic and behavioral support to succeed in a general education environment. However, an LEA may use only up to 15 percent of its allocation minus any amount (on a dollar-for-dollar basis) by which the LEA reduced its required state and local expenditures under section 613(a)(2)(C).
Application: Located on the Request for Proposal (RFP) webpage, under the Bureau of Special Education section. Application
Application Deadline: July 1, 2009
Eligible Applicants: All Districts
Bureau of Special Education
Phone: (860) 713-6919
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