The special education finance program administers the state's special education funding laws . 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).

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B Funding

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is the federal law establishing procedures for special education services for pre-school children, elementary, and secondary students. The federal law under Part B provides for funding to states, " assist them to provide special education and related services to children with disabilities."

Webinar on the FY17 IDEA B Grant application from May 25, 2016 focused on how to write a clear work plan that corresponds with flow through money to your budget. Please contact Nicole Tousignant with questions.

FY 17 IDEA B Grant Application and Public Comment

The Agency of Education is seeking public comment on the state's annual Vermont Part B Federal grant application, which guides supports and services for students aged 3-22 who have, or are at risk of having, special needs. The annual Vermont Part B Federal grant application is now posted for 60 days for public review. As required, the Agency of Education will be accepting public comments for the 30 days from March 10, 2017 to April 9, 2017.

Comments and questions can be sent to Cindy Moran, State Director of Special Education by email or US mail to Vermont Agency of Education, 219 North Main Street, Suite 402, Barre, Vermont 05641.

Thank you for taking the time to contribute to this process. If you have any questions about the public comment process, please email Cindy Moran or call 802-479-1432.

Special Education Funding Formula Projections

The following are the FY-2018 Special Education Funding Projections based on the FY-2018 Special Education Service Plans as of December 15, 2016.  The final State appropriation levels will be determined by the Legislature.

Special Education Service Plan

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

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.

Contact Us

Vermont Agency of Education
Secretary Rebecca Holcombe
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641

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