Connecticut State Department of Education. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA): Bureau of Special Education Teleconference May 21, 2009. ARRA Goals and Assurances. In order to apply for ARRA funds, the Governor must provide USDE with written assurances that CT
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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA):
Bureau of Special Education
May 21, 2009
In order to apply for ARRA funds, the Governor
must provide USDE with written assurances that CT
has addressed and will continue to improve upon:
Connecticut’s recommended four priority categories
Expanded learning time
Professional development/technical assistance
Direct services to students and parents
Aligned with the three State Board of Education priorities:
High quality preschool education for all
High academic achievement for all students in reading, writing, mathematics, and science
High school reform, so all students graduate and are prepared for lifelong learning and careers in a competitive, global economy
Three primary sources of ARRA funds are available to states:
*Distributed at discretion of Secretary of Education
New Considerations – cont.
(Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)Ages 3-21 (611) and Preschool (619)
Purpose and Use of Funds
1. 50% Maintenance Of Effort (MOE) Adjustment Strategy
2. Local and/or State Funds Exceed MOE Strategy
3. 15 % Coordinated Early Intervening Services Strategy
With certain exceptions, Part B funds must not be used by a district to reduce the level of expenditures for the education of children with disabilities made by the district from local funds below the level of those expenditures for the preceding year
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Special Education Programs
Building the Legacy : Retrieved March 23, 2009 from http://www.ed.gov/results.html?cx=017789009494528204701%3Auzmeqn9qqxo&cof=FORID%3A9&hq=-archived%3A&ie=UTF-8&q=Fiscal+Accountability#884
If an LEA maintains (or exceeds) its level of local, or state and local, expenditures for special education and related services from year to year (in this case 2008-09 to 2009-2010), either in total or per capita, then the IDEA (standard and/or ARRA) funds are, in fact, supplementing those local, or state and local, expenditures and the LEA has met its maintenance of effort (MOE) and supplement/not supplant requirements.
Office of Special Education Programs’ indicates that unless an LEA has been identified as “Meet Requirements” on its IDEA Determinations of the State Performance Plan, it is prohibited from reducing its MOE under IDEA section 613(a)(2)(C) for the fiscal year in which it did not achieve the “Meets Requirements” category.
Use of 50% of the difference between fiscal year allocations
[(B + C) – A] X 50% = $2.1 M Increase $2.1M
D – (B + C) = -$3.8M ($0) No increase over 2010
Local Operating Budget FY 2010
Total $9.0 M (
ESEA - $2.1M
Meets 2010 MOE requirement of $9.0M
Local Operating Budget FY 2011
Meets 2011 MOE requirement of $6.9M
If you are going to offset your local budget by 50% of the increase and use the CEIS allowance, check the rules related to the use of CEIS funds.
If local/state special education costs in 2009-2010 exceed costs in 2008-2009, the Board can reduce its special education budget by that excess amount and use these local/state funds for non-special education personnel, services and activities without considering it supplanting.
Board’s expenditures from state/local funds in 2008-09 equal $1,000,000.
Board’s expenditures from state/local funds in 2009-2010 equal $1,200,000.
The Board can reduce its special education budget for 2009-2010 to $1,000,000 and meet the MOE requirement.
The Board can take the $200,000 difference and use it for non-special education expenditures.
Utilizing the $200,000 to support the local budget does not impact MOE as occurs in Strategy 1.
Districts may use up to 15% of IDEA Part B (also the ARRA) funds to develop and provide CEIS for students who are currently not identified as needing special education.
However, those districts that disproportionately , by race, identify, place and/or suspend/expel students, cannot choose to use this strategy as the State is required to direct these districts funds for specific use to address these issues.
Each district that implements CEIS must report to the CT State Department of Education on:
the number of children who received CEIS and
the number of those children who subsequently received special education and related services under Part B during the subsequent two-year period (i.e. the two years after receiving CEIS).
this is reported on the district’s IDEA grant application under Section 5
CEIS Memo-Questions 6, 34 CFR 300.226(d)
2008 OSEP Leadership Conference
Menlove Doutre & Brown-Clark Presentation
Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and U.S. Department of Education Guidance appears on CSDE’s Website (www.ct.gov/sde) at RECOVERY INFORMATION (IDEA Part B Grants to States and Preschool Grants)