Special Education State and Federal Funding. Federal Funding. In 1975, Congress promised to pay 40 percent of the cost of special education as part of the IDEA ACT. Federal Funding.
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The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is responsible for improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.
OSEP is responsible for ensuring states' compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
OSEP, through Part D of IDEA provides discretionary grants to institutions of higher education and other non-profit organizations to support research, demonstrations, technical assistance and dissemination, technology, personnel development and parent-training and information centers.
On average, most states estimate that special education funding monies from the federal government make up less than 15%. This leaves the local school districts to fund the remaining costs of mandated special education services.
Office of Special Education Programs - The office implements state and federal laws and regulations governing special education to ensure that pupils with disabilities in New Jersey receive full educational opportunities.
The office is responsible for administering all federal funds received by the state for educating pupils with disabilities ages 3 through 21.
In a letter dated April 7, 2011, the U.S. Dept. of Education has granted a waiver to the state of New Jersey allowing the state to reduce its financial support for special education by $25,671,915 for State financial support for special education and related services for children with disabilities for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2010 (July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010).
Read full article at http://ideamoneywatch.com/states/nj/?cat=1