Special Education Finance


Special Education Allocations to Districts

Funds are awarded to the OSDE by the United States Department of Education (USDE), Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), to "flow-through" to the LEA contingent upon an LEA's application for Part B funds.

IDEA Part B funds are awarded on the basis of noncompetitive application.

Section 611 - Flow-through funds are for children with disabilities aged three through twenty-one, and are awarded on a formula based on:

  • The number of children with disabilities aged three through 21 served on October 1, 2008;
  • The total enrollment in the LEA (in both public and private schools located in the LEA); and
  • The poverty level of the LEA (defined as the free and reduced lunch count within the LEA).

Section 619 - Preschool funds are earmarked for children with disabilities aged three through five, and are awarded on a formula based on:

  • The number of children with disabilities aged three, four, and five served on October 1, 2008;
  • The total enrollment in the LEA (in both public and private schools located in the LEA); and
  • The poverty level of the LEA (defined as the free and reduced lunch count within the LEA)

FY 2017 Hands On Budget Application Workshop Materials

Agreement, Assurances & Applications Due Dates
  Opening Date Closing Date
Assurances & Part I LEA Agreement May 17, 2017 July 1, 2017
High Need Application May 1, 2017 July 28, 2017
FY2017 Closeout N/A September 1, 2017
Part II Budget Application July 1, 2016 N/A
  • FY 2017 claims for federal reimbursement are due no later than Monday, June 5, 2017 in order to receive payment by Friday, June 30, 2017.
  • Final FY 2017 claims are due no later than Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Guidance for Determining Weights for Special Education State Funding

Tier I and Tier II High Need Memorandums and Applications

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 granted states the flexibility to set aside a percent of the funds reserved for state-level activities to establish a funding mechanism that would reimburse local educational agencies (LEAs) for costs of high needs students with disabilities (34 § 300.704(c)). The out-of-state residential placement is Tier I of Oklahoma’s high needs fund. Tier 2 includes funding for all other high needs students with excessive costs to the LEA.

Per pupil expenditure for FY 2015 for the Tier II High Need Student Application is $8,633.16.00. The amount needed for a student to qualify is 3 X the average per pupil expenditure which totals $25,899.48 and the total cost of all high need students in the LEA must be at least ten percent (10%) of the LEA’s 2015-2016 IDEA Flow-Through allocation.

 

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Last updated on September 12, 2016