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 (IDEA) 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." Please contact Alena Berube with questions.

Vermont Annual State Application Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as Amended in 2004 for Federal Fiscal Year 2019


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 Vermont Part B Federal grant application will be posted for 60 days beginning March 15, 2019 through May 14, 2019 for public review. The Agency of Education will be accepting public comments for 30 days from March 20, 2019 through April 19, 2019.  General questions or requests for alternate access of the application may be directed to or by calling (802) 479-1255


Please send public comment, by Friday, April 19, 2019 to:

Tonya Rutkowski
Vermont Agency of  Education
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, Vermont 05641

Grant Applications for Technical Assistance

Audience: Individuals or agencies who provide technical assistance in support of students who are blind or visually impaired, hard of hearing or deaf-blind or have 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 blind or visually impaired, hard of hearing or deaf-blind or have low incidence disabilities. The grant application for low incidence disabilities is due June 12, 2019. 

Please contact Chris Kane, if you have questions. 

Special Education Funding Formula Projections

The following are the FY-2020 Special Education Funding Projections based on the FY-2020 Special Education Service Plans as of December 15, 2018. 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. The deadline for submission of the Information Sheet for the FY-2019 is October 16, 2018. 

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Secretary Daniel M. French
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641

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