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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Reminder: Release Form for Proportionate Share Carry-Over Funds Due March 1, 2013

Source: Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Superintendents, Financial Administrators

Date: February 25, 2013

REMINDER: Districts choosing to release unexpended 2011-12 Proportionate Share Carryover funds must fax release forms by March 1, 2013, to the Special Education Finance Section at (573) 526-6898.  The release form can be found at: http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/Finance/ps.html.  If districts choose not to release these carryover funds and do not spend them in their entirety, they will be forfeited.

Proportionate share funds are the amount of IDEA Part B funds a district must reserve and spend over a maximum two year period to provide special education and related services to students ages five (5) to twenty-one (21) who have been evaluated and determined eligible and are parentally placed in either a private/parochial or home school setting in the district's boundaries.  If the district does not spend its proportionate share of Part B funds in the current year, it has an additional one-year carryover period under IDEA to spend these funds.  Based on guidance from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), any carryover funds not obligated and/or expended by mid-year of the carryover period, for allowable reasons, may be released to be spent within the district on students with disabilities.

Instructions for determining whether or not your district may request a release of unexpended 2011-12 proportionate share carryover funds are located on the release form.

Once the form is approved, the district will need to revise the 2012-13 Part B Budget Application.  After the Special Education Finance Section has selected the "Release Proportionate Share Prior Year Carryover Funds" box on the Supporting Data page of the Budget Application, the district should re-budget the anticipated amount of released funds into any function code other than 1224.  Remember, budget amendments must be completed by April 30, 2013.

For questions, please contact the Special Education Finance Section at (573) 751-0622 or spedfunding@dese.mo.gov.