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Special Education Finance


Special Education Finance

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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, 2020;
  • 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, 2020;
  • 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)

 

Agreement, Assurances & Applications Opening Date Closing Date
Assurances  May 1, 2020 July 1, 2020
LEA Agreement May 20, 2020 July 1, 2020
High Need Application May 1, 2020 July 24, 2020
Final Fiscal Year Submission   August 1, 2020
FY2019 Closeout   September 2, 2020
Part II Budget Application July 1, 2020 October 31, 2020
Project 615 Professional Development Application   December 1, 2020
  • FY 2020 claims for federal reimbursement are due no later than Monday, June 1, 2020 in order to receive payment by Thursday, June 25, 2020.

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 2020 for the Tier II High Need Student Application is $9,213.95. The amount needed for a student to qualify is 3 X the average per pupil expenditure which totals $27,641.85 and the total cost of all high need students in the LEA must be at least ten percent (10%) of the LEA’s 2018-2019 IDEA Flow-Through allocation.

School Based Services

The Oklahoma State Department of Education pursuant to the OSDE’s memorandum of understanding with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority has entered into an agreement with Oklahoma public schools to file claims on their behalf through our contracted vendor, Public Consulting Group. This will provide public schools with an Oklahoma Health Care Authority SoonerCare referral number, collect and monitor public schools special education records for all children receiving health services and assist OHCA in verifying that there is no private insurance for each SoonerCare-eligible child who is receiving services under the memorandum of understanding.

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Last updated on September 24, 2020