Tips and Tools
TIP 1: Learn the RATING that your local school district received on its Annual Performance Report (APR) data based on your State Performance Report (SPP) for the year impacting the Recovery Act funds. It's an important piece of information because the RATING determines if the district is eligible to reduce its local level of expenditures on special education as allowed by IDEA when there is an increase in non-local funds from one fiscal year to the next. Unfortunately, most states did not post these important RATINGS for local school districts on their state dept. of education websites.
TOOL 1: Most states are not posting the RATINGS that have been determined for each of the local school districts. So IDEA Money Watch obtained the LEA ratings from all 50 states and posted them to our state blogs. Visit your state blog and click on "LEA Ratings" under Pages on the left-hand side of the blog. Use this information to determine if your local school district (LEA) was allowed to reduce its spending of local funds for special education in light of the IDEA Recovery Act funding.
TIP 2: Understand the ins and outs of the regular FY09 IDEA funds and the one-time IDEA ARRA funds provided to states and local school districts. Use the tool below.
TOOL 2: We've put together a nifty side-by-side comparison chart as a quick reference on varies provisions that apply to each allocation of IDEA Part B funds (Section 611, School age children). Find it here. (PDF, 2 pgs.)
TIP 3: Look to your school district's performance on the 20 indicators that make up the State Performance Plan (SPP) for information and guidance on how to allocate IDEA ARRA funds for maximum impact. Exploring relationships between indicators and identifying patterns in outcomes can further assist in targeting funds to improve results.
TOOL 3: Explore this online guide - Making Connections Across Indicators to Improve Post-School Outcomes: Early State Efforts - for lots of helpful information on how to collect and analyze data on the relationships of Indicators 1 (graduation), 2 (dropout), 13 (secondary transitions), and 14 (post-school outcomes). A publication of the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD) and the National Post-School Outcomes Center (NPSO) University of Oregon.
IDEA Money Watch Blog :: The Balance Sheet
> Analysis of LEAs identified with significant disproportionality in 2012-2013
> Join in "Raise the Caps" Day of Action Sept. 10, 2015
> Bill to Change Local MOE Rules Introduced in House
> LEA MOE Reductions, Determinations and CEIS data for 2011-2012
> Understanding Full Funding of IDEA
> President's Budget Provides Less than 1% boost for IDEA
> Budget Deal brings IDEA increase
> Advocate/Activist's Call to Action
> New Report on Impact of Sequestration
> US Dept. of Ed proposes new regulations for LEA MOE
> State-by-state IDEA funding cuts under Sequestration
> US Dept. of Ed retracts MOE guidance challenged by IDEA Money Watch!
> Senate gives IDEA funding a boost
> Obama ignores special ed, again!
> Can You Say "Sequestration?"
> Comments to National Council on Disability
> Money Doesn't Trump Blame Game
> Deal or No Deal: ED's new info on LEA MOE provisions
> IDEA Money Watch responds to AEI report on Special Education Spending
> Meet the ARRA Albatross
> Funding Cliff Comes to New Hanover
LEA reductions in MOE
> State by state data available here
> 100 Largest School District info here
State MOE Waiver Requests ::
AL, IA (FY10), IA (FY11) KS, NJ, OR, SC, WV
Tutorial :: Understanding the Impact of IDEA Federal Funds and ARRA Funds over Time
Video :: The Business of Special Education
MOE Basics :: Essential info on IDEA Maintenance of Effort
WI: Milwaukee Schools announced big cuts for 2012
NC: New Hanover district plans big cuts to special education
NY: State shifts special ed costs to districts
TX: Districts cut sped in spite of stimulus
KS may forfeit federal funds due to budget reduction
AZ's Gilbert SD announces cuts
FL district announces layoffs
GA district cuts teachers and paras
HI cuts special ed jobs for 09-10
IA district to eliminate special ed jobs
IN districts announce special education cuts
IL's Chicago needs more Stimulus Oversight
KY district hands out "Wish Lists" Grants
OH districts buy technology with ARRA
CO BOCES uses IDEA ARRA Funds to pay for mismanagement
UT district buys computers that sit in boxes
MO district uses IDEA Funds Unwisely
VA district uses IDEA Funds for Co-Teaching PD
KPS4Parents, Inc. gives IDEA Money Watch 2 thumbs up!
LEA Ratings for every state:
AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NJ, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY
IL, MI and MO announce LEA Rating Changes