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).
- Memo: Act 173 of 2018
- 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.
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:
- Blind or Visually Impaired
- Hard of Hearing or DeafBlind
- Local Education Agency Plan (LEAP)
- Low Incidence Disabilities
Please contact Chris Kane, Inclusion Coordinator: Autism and Low Incidence Disabilities, if you have questions.
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.
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-2019 is October 16, 2018.