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Special Education Listserv

Subject: IDEA Funds/Screening Costs

Source: Funds Management

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Financial Administrators, ECSE Coordinators

Date: April 23, 2010

Now that funding for the PAT program has been reduced, several questions have arisen about IDEA ARRA funds (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) being used to pay for screenings that were previously done through PAT.  Since the screening of a student is not considered to be an evaluation for eligibility for special education and related services, the district may not charge it to special education.  This includes Part B special education funds, ARRA funds, and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) funds.

Please contact the Funds Management Section if you have any questions at

(573) 751-0622 or webreplyspefm@dese.mo.gov.