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​​​Special Education Programs IDEA Part B Annual State Application

The United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), recently notified ISBE that the 611 grant award to ISBE for fiscal year 2018 will be $2,076,649 less than originally claimed. This reduction will not have any impact on funding to districts and will be absorbed administratively by ISBE. 

The reduction is the result of an accounting error during FY14, in which there was a difference between statewide expenditures and monies received under Section 11 of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Because FY14 had expired by the time the accounting error was realized by OSEP there was no opportunity to eliminate the shortage. 

OSEP requires ISBE to post the following letter explaining the decrease in the FY18 grant amount. If you have questions or concerns please contact Tim Imler in Funding and Disbursement.

​ USDE Ryder Ltr 3.27.17​PDF Document


​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. These are the funds that support provision of special education services to children ages 3 to 21 in Illinois. The Illinois State Board of 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.

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. Upon OSEP's approval of Illinois' Part B application, the state will receive a federal grant award under Part B of the IDEA for the period of July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.

As you review the application, please note the following:

  • The application is in a format required by OSEP.
  • Illinois 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 Illinois.
  • The amounts for State-level Administration and Targeted Initiatives are based upon the current year (FFY16) allocation since OSEP has yet to give the anticipated award amounts for FFY17. These amounts will be used until the FFY17 award amount is disclosed.

The application is available for review on our website from March 1, 2017, through May 1, 2017, for the required 60 day timeline. Written public comments on the draft Part B application packet may be submitted from March 31, 2017, until the close of business on May 1, 2017, for the required 30 day timeline. Please send comments to the attention of Kate Anderson Foley, Assistant Superintendent Specialized Instruction, Nutrition, and Wellness at PartBapplication@isbe.net or via standard mail.​​

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