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IDEA Money Watch tracks the $13.6 billion in annual Federal funds provided to states and local school districts for special education.

LATEST NEWS:

October 3, 2020:  Bill to support children with disabilities introduced in House. It provides an additional $11 billion for IDEA grants to states, $400 million for early childhood grants to states and $500 million for infants and toddlers (Part C). Read about it here. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate in June.

September 30, 2020: Congress passed and President signed HR 8337, a bill to extend fiscal 2020 funding for the U.S. Department of Education and other agencies through Dec. 11, 2020. This will keep IDEA funding at the FY 20 level until Dec. 11 or until Congress passes an appropriations bill. Read about it here.

September 10, 2020: The U.S. Education Department is providing states a one-year extension to spend their FFY 2018 IDEA Part C funds. The extension is only available to states where the State Educational Agency is the Part C Lead Agency (see list here). Details about the extension are available here

September 3, 2020: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin agree to “clean” stopgap spending measure to keep government open past end of this fiscal year, Sept. 30th. Read more here

July 31, 2020: US House of Representatives passes H.R. 7617, a bill to fund several federal agencies for the FY 2021 including the US Dept. of Education. It provides a small increase ($194 billion) in IDEA Grants to States. Details here.

July 20, 2020: The Committee for Education Funding has released its analysis of the 2021 Education Budget. It provides a comprehensive picture of all national education programs, each program’s purpose, detailed funding history, and the impact of the president’s FY 2021 budget. IDEA programs are covered on pages 84-91. Download the CEF 2021 Budget Analysis

July 13, 2020: House Committee on Appropriations approves FY 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill. It includes $13 billion for IDEA grants to states. Bill summary is here

June 8, 2020: The U.S. Education Department is providing states a one-year extension to spend their FFY 2018 IDEA Part B funds. Read our blog about it

May 28, 2020: Education groups send letter to Congress asking for flexibility in IDEA LEA MOE rules. Read our blog about it

May 26, 2020: NPR reports on "A Looming Financial Meltdown For America's Schools."

May 12, 2020: U.S. House of Representatives passes the HEROES Act which includes $60 billion for K-12 school districts to help them address the coronavirus pandemic

April 22, 2020: The CARES Act provides $30.75 billion for an Education Stabilization Fund. Find out how these funds can be used to serve students with disabilities

April 9, 2020: Disability advocates ask Congress for dedicated IDEA funding in next COVID bill. Read it here.

April 6, 2020: FutureEd reports on "What Congressional Covid Funding Means for K-12 Schools," including State-by-State Education Stabilization Fund Amounts. Read it here.

March 5, 2020: Education secretary Betsy DeVos testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee regarding the administration's FY 21 budget request for education on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Watch it here.

February 27, 2020: Education secretary Betsy DeVos testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies regarding the administration's FY 21 budget request for education on Thursday, February 27, 2020. Watch it here

February 25, 2020:  U.S. Dept. of Education releases new report on maintenance of effort (MOE) compliance across local school districts in states for the 2017-2018 school year. See the report here

February 10, 2020: The Trump administration released its proposed budget for FY 2021, which seeks to reduce Education spending by $6.1 billion and convert most of the programs in ESEA to a block grant. Read about it here

December 18, 2019: Congress passes bill to fund the government for FY 2020, including small increase for IDEA. See details here

November 21, 2019:  Congress has passed and the President has signed a Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded (at current levels) through December 20, 2019.

October 8, 2019: AEI and Fordham release new paper by Nathan Levenson, "Cost-Effective Special Education Good for the Budget and Great for Kids," at their Getting the most bang for the education buck event

September 27, 2019: Congress has passed and the President has signed a Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded (at current levels) through November 21, giving appropriators more time to finalize Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) funding levels.

July 31, 2019:  Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) and Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduce the Funding Early Childhood is the Right IDEA Act (H.R. 4107), a bipartisan bill designed to restore full funding for early intervention and preschool special education services under IDEA. More here...

June 25, 2019: National Education Policy Center's new report, Funding Special Education: Charting a Path that Confronts Complexity and Crafts Coherence, addresses areas of incoherence in funding of special education, providing guidelines for federal policymakers to establish a national policy framework. Get it here.

April 29, 2019: IDEA Part B Grants to States gets $1 billion boost in FY2020 House Appropriations bill - from $12.4 billion to $13.4 billion - an 8% increase over FY19 and the President's proposed budget.Tell your House member to support this funding level. Read about the bill.

April 11, 2019: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and U.S. Representative Susie Lee (D-NV) introduced the Keep Our Promise to America’s Children and Teachers (PACT) Act, to put Congress on a fiscally-responsible path to meet its obligation to fully fund Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) on a mandatory basis over the next 10 years. Read all about it.

March 28, 2019: ED Secy Betsy DeVos testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee about the President's ED budget for FY2020. Watch it here.

March 27, 2019: Ten members of Congress introduce the bipartisan IDEA Full Funding Act, S.866 and H.R.1878. Thanks to them all!

March 26, 2019: ED Secy Betsy DeVos testifies before the House Appropriations Committee about the President's ED budget for FY2020. Watch it here.

March 20, 2019: Education Commission of the States releases new report on state funding of special education. Across 50 states, there are 50 different ways in which states allocate special education funding to districts. View each state's profile here and the 50-state comparison here

March 11, 2019: White House releases President's Budget for FY2020. It proposes reducing Dept. of Ed funding by 10 percent overall while maintaining level funding for special education. Details here

February 12, 2019: House of Representatives Education & Labor Committee holds hearing on the nation's underpaid teachers and crumbling schools which included lots of discussion about the serious underfunding of IDEA. Watch the hearing here

February 1, 2019:  U.S. Dept. of Education releases report on maintenance of effort (MOE) compliance across local school districts in states for the 2016-2017 school year. See the report here.


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