Special Education Finance


Special Education Allocations to Districts

Funds are awarded to the OSDE by the United States Department of Education (USDE), Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), to "flow-through" to the LEA contingent upon an LEA's application for Part B funds.

IDEA Part B funds are awarded on the basis of noncompetitive application.

Section 611 - Flow-through funds are for children with disabilities aged three through twenty-one, and are awarded on a formula based on:

  • The number of children with disabilities aged three through 21 served on October 1, 2008;
  • The total enrollment in the LEA (in both public and private schools located in the LEA); and
  • The poverty level of the LEA (defined as the free and reduced lunch count within the LEA).

Section 619 - Preschool funds are earmarked for children with disabilities aged three through five, and are awarded on a formula based on:

  • The number of children with disabilities aged three, four, and five served on October 1, 2008;
  • The total enrollment in the LEA (in both public and private schools located in the LEA); and
  • The poverty level of the LEA (defined as the free and reduced lunch count within the LEA).
Agreement, Assurances & Applications Due Dates
  Opening Date Closing Date
Assurances & Part I LEA Agreement May 1, 2015 June 26, 2015
High Needs Application Fourth Friday in July July 24, 2015
FY2014 Closeout N/A September 18, 2015
Part II Budget Application July 1, 2015 N/A
End of Year Data Report May 4, 2015 July 10, 2015
  • FY 2014 claims for federal reimbursement are due no later than Monday, June 1, 2015 in order to receive payment by Friday, June 26, 2015.
  • Final FY 2015 claims are due no later than Friday, July 31, 2015
  • End of Year data report for Special Education due July 10, 2015. Data HandoutFinance Handout
  • End of Year Reports: Special Education Services Finance Department Contact Information

Guidance for Determining Weights for Special Education State Funding

The FY 2015 Special Education Assurances and Local Educational Agency (LEA) Agreement are now accessible online.   

Assurances and LEA Agreement are due by Friday, June 26, 2015. 

To access IDEA Assurances and the LEA Agreement:  

  1. Go to the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) Web site at http://www.ok.gov/sde;
  2. Click on School District Reporting Site to access the login;
  3. Log in with your username and password; and
  4. Click on Grants Management and Expenditure Reporting.

 

Tier I and Tier II High Need Memorandums and Applications

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 granted states the flexibility to set aside a percent of the funds reserved for state-level activities to establish a funding mechanism that would reimburse local educational agencies (LEAs) for costs of high needs students with disabilities (34 § 300.704(c)). The out-of-state residential placement is Tier I of Oklahoma’s high needs fund. Tier 2 includes funding for all other high needs students with excessive costs to the LEA.

Per pupil expenditure for FY 2014 for the Tier II High Need Student Application is $7,743.00. The amount needed for a student to qualify is 3 X the average per pupil expenditure which totals $23,229.00 and the total cost of all high need students in the LEA must be at least ten percent (10%) of the LEA’s 2013-2014 IDEA Flow-Through allocation.

 

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Last updated on July 7, 2015