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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, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

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 application is available for review on our website from May 11, 2018, through July 10, 2018, for the required 60 day timeline. Written public comments on the draft Part B application packet may be submitted from June 10, 2018, until the close of business on July 10, 2018, for the required 30 day timeline. Please send comments to the attention of Heather Calomese, Executive Director of Special Education Administration at PartBapplication@isbe.net or via standard mail.​​​

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