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
- Grant Applications for Low Incidence Disabilities
- Special Education Funding Formula Projections
- Special Education Service Plan
- Special Education Expenditure Report
- Medicaid School-Based Health Services
- Special Education Cost, Average Daily Membership, Child Count by School District Report
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, "...to 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 Emily Byrne with questions.
IDEA B Grant Application
Audience: Special Education Administrators, Superintendents, Principals, Business Managers
On March 23, 2018, the President signed into law the Department of Education Appropriations Act, 2018. In addition to providing funding for the Department for the remainder of fiscal year 2018, the law restored funding that had previously been reduced, including the funding that became available on October 1, 2017 under the Special Education Grants to States program (Part B). As such, the Department is providing additional funding to all affected States at this time. The reallocation of this funding is reflected in this new application. Please refer to the updated annual Vermont Part B Federal grant application, which will be posted for public comment until May 11, 2018.
Contact: Cindy Moran at Vermont Agency of Education, 219 North Main Street, Suite 402, Barre, Vermont 05641 or email@example.com
Audience: Individuals or agencies who serve students with low incidence disabilities
The Vermont Agency of Education is taking grant applications for services related to the technical assistance and professional development of educational teams and families of individuals who are:
Please contact Chris Kane, Inclusion Coordinator: Autism and Low Incidence Disabilities, if you have questions.
The following are the FY-2018 Special Education Funding Projections based on the FY-2019 Special Education Service Plans as of December 15, 2017. The final State appropriation levels will be determined by the Legislature.
- Memo: FY-2019 Preliminary Special Education Formula Revenue Projections
- FY-2019 and FY-2018 Service Plan Estimates Compared to FY-2017
- Mainstream Block Grant Calculation
- Special Education Funding Formula Projections
- Estimated Essential Early Education Grants
- FY-2017 IDEA-B Basic and Preschool Allocations-Preliminary Estimates
- FY-2019 K-12 Special Education Estimated Cost by Budget Entity
- FY-2019 Service Plan - Special Education K-12 Budget Section
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.
- Service Plan Memo
- Preschool Worksheet
- K-12 Worksheet
- General Instructions and Section A Instructions
- Section B Instructions
- Section C Instructions
- Section D Instructions
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. The deadline for submission of the Information Sheet for the FY-2018 is October 16, 2017.