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IDEA Money Watch tracks the $13 billion in annual federal funds provided to states and local school districts for special education.


April 25, 2018: Our new interactive map provides state-by-state information on the federal funding provided to support states and districts in providing special education, the amount Congress promised to pay and the funding gap that must be filled by state and local dollars. Check it out.

March 20, 2018: U.S. Education Sec'y DeVos appears before the House Appropriations Committee regarding the FY19 Budget request for education - which continues the severe under-funding of IDEA. The hearing can be watched live here

February 12, 2018: Trump administration releases FY 2019 budget proposal, providing level funding for IDEA. Details on the funding request for IDEA is available from the NEA here.

February 7, 2018: National Council on Disability releases series of briefs on IDEA including "Broken Promises: The Underfunding of IDEA." 

June 15, 2017: Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) introduces H.R. 2902, a bill to fully fund IDEA. Details here.

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 appears 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 by .9% - taking the federal contribution to below 15 percent for the first time since 2001. Read the details here (PDF).

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.

September 7, 2016: Congressional Research Service releases comprehensive report on IDEA funding - The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Funding: A Primer.

March 2016: Our 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.

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