Special Education Finance & Medicaid
The special education finance program administers the state's special education funding laws in 16 V.S.A. chapter 101. The current state funding formula for K-12 services is a reimbursement system. Reporting requirements include the submission of a service plan projecting the cost of special education for the upcoming year as well as expenditure reports during the year of actual costs incurred. Program staff review expenditure reports submitted by Vermont school districts and calculate the amount of state assistance, perform audits of the special education expenditure reports to ensure that the information reported is accurate and properly documented, and oversee the distribution of federal IDEA-B and PreSchool Flow Through funds to supervisory unions. Program staff also work with the Department of Vermont Health Access on the School-based Health Services Program which allows schools to generate Medicaid reimbursement for the health-related services provided to special education students who are enrolled in Medicaid and receive eligible services in accordance with their individualized education plans (IEPs).
Education Funding Formula Projections for FY 2016
The following are the FY-2016 Special Education Funding
Projections based on the FY-2016 Special Education Service Plans
as of December 12, 2014. For these estimates, it is assumed that
the federal IDEA-B funds will be subject to a second year of
sequestration. The final State appropriation levels will be
determined during the up-coming Legislative Session.
Service Plan for FY
View and download
instructions and forms for special education service plans used
by Vermont school districts to report their anticipated special
education expenditures. This service plan is designed to meet the
requirement by law that each supervisory union submit a service
plan annually to the commissioner reporting their anticipated
special education expenditures for the following year.
Special Education Expenditure Report
Forms and Instructions for FY-2015
View and download instructions and forms for special education
expenditure reports used by Vermont school districts to report
their special education expenditures for state funding.
Forms and Other Materials:
Cost, Average Daily Membership (ADM) and Child Count by School
This spreadsheet reports average daily membership (ADM), child
count and special education formula expenditures by school
district and supervisory union. It also calculates child count as
a percentage of average daily membership and special education
formula expenditures per ADM. The spreadsheet is also used to
determine high and low spending districts in accordance with 16
VSA §2974. High spending is defined as spending at least 20
percent more than the state wide average of special education
(formula) eligible costs per average daily membership. Please
note that the spreadsheet does not reflect resubmission of data
by school districts after they are notified of their status as
high spending districts. For questions or additional information,
contact Mike Bailey at (802) 479-1165 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicole Tousignant, Special Education Finance Manager, at email@example.com or (802) 479-1137
Page Last Updated on January 21, 2015