The U.S. Dept. of Education has granted the waiver request made by West Virginia to reduce its state financial support for the excess cost of special education to local school districts.
According to the letter issued to the state by USED (available here in PDF), the state is allowed to reduce its state support by $491,580, or 2 percent of the state’s special ed budget for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2010.
The waiver is good for one year and the state must request a new waiver if it cannot return to the previous level of financial support in the year following the waiver.
Waivers to reduce a state’s financial support from one year to the next are allowable under the IDEA in limited circumstances. The statutory provision is available here.
IDEA Money Watch continues to monitor state requests for waivers to reduce support for special education.