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 4, 2016 June 26, 2016
High Need Application May 1, 2016 July 22, 2016
FY2016 Closeout N/A August 26, 2016
Part II Budget Application July 1, 2016 N/A
  • FY 2016 claims for federal reimbursement are due no later than Thursday, June 23, 2016 in order to receive payment by Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
  • Final FY 2016 claims are due no later than Monday, August 1, 2016.

Guidance for Determining Weights for Special Education State Funding

The FY 2015 Special Education Assurances and Local Educational Agency (LEA) Agreement are now accessible online.   

Assurances and LEA Agreement are due by Friday, June 24, 2016. 

To access IDEA Assurances and the LEA Agreement:  

  1. Go to the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) Web site at http://sde.ok.gov/sde;
  2. Click on School District Reporting Site to access the login;
  3. Log in with your username and password; and
  4. Click on Grants Management and Expenditure Reporting.

 

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 2014-2015 IDEA Flow-Through allocation.

 

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Last updated on July 9, 2016