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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Part B Application

Source: Pam Williams, Coordinator, Special Education Services

Intended Audience: System stakeholders in Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Date: January 20, 2012

All states making application for funds under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are required to make available for public review and comment the application packet for those federal funds.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has developed the draft application packet for IDEA Part B funds and by this notice is making the application available for review and comment at http://www.dese.mo.gov/se/compliance/Part%20B/index.html.

The application packet, developed by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), includes a summary of the assurances, certifications, and IDEA use of fund descriptions that the state will use to implement Part B of IDEA.

As you review the application, please note the following:

* The application is in a format required by OSEP.

* Missouri is providing general assurances to OSEP that the state will be implementing the provisions of state and federal regulations for Part B of IDEA 2004.

* The dollar amounts listed in Section III, Use of Funds, are for State-level Administration and Targeted Initiatives; not the cost of serving students with disabilities or the total cost of special education services in Missouri.

* The amounts for State-level Administration and Targeted Initiatives are based upon the current year (SFY12) allocation since OSEP has yet to give the anticipated award amounts for SFY13.  These amounts will be used until the SFY13 award amount is disclosed. 

The application is available for review on our website for the next sixty (60) days, until March 20, 2012. Individuals desiring to submit written comments should do so by the close of business on March 20, 2012.  Comments should be sent to the attention of Bonnie Aaron, Director of Compliance, Office of Special Education, at secompliance@dese.mo.gov or P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480 or by fax 573-526-4404.