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IDEA Money Watch tracks the $12 billion in annual federal funds provided to states and local school districts for special education.


May 25, 2017: National Governors Assoc. sends letter to Congress asking for support for funding for education including IDEA. Read their letter.

May 24, 2017: Ed Sec'y DeVos to appear before House Appropriations Committee to discuss President's FY2018 Budget Request. 11 AM ET. Watch it here.

May 23, 2017: President's FY2018 Budget Request reduces IDEA funding. 

May 1, 2017: Congress reaches agreement on bill to fund government for the balance of FY 2017. IDEA Part B Grants to states (Sec. 611) get slight increase of $90 million, bringing annual appropriation to $12 billion - an increase of .7 percent over FY 2016. Grants for Preschool (Sec. 619) ($368.2 million) and Grants for Infants and Families (Part C) ($458.6 million) remain unchanged from FY 2016. Meanwhile, the number of students served by all of these programs increased between 2014 and 2015. Read our Balance Sheet blog for additional details.

March 2016: Analysis of LEAs identified with significant disproportionality and required to use 15% of IDEA Part B federal funds for Coordinated Early Intervening Services is available here

March 2, 2016: US ED releases proposed new regulations regarding the identification of LEAs as having significant disproportionality. The proposal also makes significant changes regarding how LEAs can spend IDEA Part B federal funds when identified. Comments must be submitted by May 16, 2016.

February 8, 2016: GAO releases new report, State and Local-Imposed Requirements Complicate Federal Efforts to Reduce Administrative Burden.

October 2015: National Center on Special Education in Charter Schools releases new report on funding: Getting Lost While Trying to Follow the Money: Special Education Finance in Charter Schools.

October 19, 2015: GAO releases new report on the local maintenance of effort (MOE) requirements in IDEA. Get the report here.

July 27, 2015: ED releases new Q+A on the final local educational agency (LEA) maintenance of effort (MOE) regulations that were published in the Federal Register on April 28, 2015. Get it here.

June 24, 2015:  Education Commission of the States releases new report on state funding for students with disabilities, including a database containing information about states' primary funding mechanisms

April 28, 2015: ED publishes final federal regulations regarding maintenance of effort requirements for local educational agencies. Read about it here

April 16, 2015: ED Sec'y Arne Duncan testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the Administration's budget request for FY 2016. Watch the hearing here

March 9, 2015: LEA MOE Reductions, Determinations and Use of Part B funds for CEIS data now available. Read the blog and get your data.

March 9, 2015: "Understanding Full Funding" explains what it is and how much your state is owed! Read it here

March 5, 2015: Education Commission of the States issues new report, A Look at Funding for Students with Disabilities.

June 27, 2014:  New America Foundation releases new Policy Brief - Federal Funding for Students with Disabilities.

April 30, 2014: House leaders request $1.5 billion increase for IDEA. Find out how much your state is owned! Read the Balance Sheet post.

March 4, 2014: President' 2015 budget request provides less than 1 percent increase for IDEA grants to states, keeps federal contribution at 16 percent of excess cost. Read the Balance Sheet post.

November 12, 2013: NDD United releases comprehensive report on impact of sequestration. Get the report here

September 18, 2013: U.S. Dept. of Ed proposes new amendments to IDEA Part B local maintenance of efforts requirements. Read a summary of the proposed amendments and how to submit comments.  

September 12, 2013: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports that states’ new budgets are providing less per-pupil funding for kindergarten through 12th grade than they did six years ago — often far less. Read it here.

September 5, 2012: Fordham Institute releases new report, Boosting the Quality and Efficiency of Special Education. Read it here.

April 4, 2012: U.S. Dept. of Education issues letter to the Center for Law and Education regarding IDEA maintenance of effort requirement for local school districts. Read our blog post and the letter here

April 2, 2012:  IDEA Money Watch releases Sequestration FAQs and potential cuts to IDEA funding for every state.

February 3, 2012: IDEA Money Watch posts updated data on reductions to maintenance of effort (MOE) and use of IDEA funds for early intervening services in 2009. Visit our Balance Sheet blog post to get the data for each state and local district.

June 16, 2011: IDEA Money Watch responds to a new report out of the American Enterprise Institute, "Something Has Got to Change," packed with interesting assertions, bad information, and food for thought. Read it here.