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Office of Student Learning & Partnerships

Oregon Department of Education: Office of Student Learning and Partnerships

SPECIAL EDUCATION FINANCING

Q&A

IDEA Part B Flow Through Funds to LEA’s

1.

What statute authorizes federal funding of special education programs?

2.

How much of the Federal IDEA allocation may the State reserve for administration and general supervision?

3.

Where can I find information regarding the amount of federal IDEA grant awards given to the States and how does OSEP determine how much funding each state is awarded?

4.

What are the current estimates for IDEA funding?

5.

How are the amounts of IDEA “flow through” grants determined?

6.

How does an LEA receive payment from its IDEA grant?

7.

How does an LEA submit claims on EGMS?

8.

What are the encumbrance numbers and liquidation dates for IDEA grant expenditures?

9.

Can an LEA get a grant extension?

Spending IDEA Funds   

1.

How can an LEA spend IDEA funds?

2.

How can Educational Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) circulars help manage the IDEA grant funds?

3.

What optional uses of IDEA funds are allowable?

4.

What are the penalties for federal non-compliance with respect to IDEA 2004?

Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Audit Process

1.

Why do we do it?

2.

Who conducts the audit?

3.

How does the audit process start?

4.

The Initial Audit

5.

Follow-up Audit(s)

6.

What are the penalties for failure to maintain effort?

7.

Is there technical assistance available to LEA’s?

8.

Preparing for the Implications of IDEA 2004 on MOE Audits

11% Cap Waiver

1.

What is the 11% Cap Waiver in the State school funding formula?

2.

How do LEA’s apply for an 11% Cap waiver?

3.

What data are used to determine eligibility for the 11% Cap waiver and when are the data collected?

4.

What are the components of the 11% Cap waiver formula?

5.

How is the final Cap waiver determined and how is the final adjustment made?

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