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​​The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, established in law in 1975, retains the basic rights and protections for children with disabilities. In 1997, President Clinton signed amendments to the Act that focus on improving the education of children with disabilities by:
  • Identifying children with special needs before they enter school and providing services to help them,
  • Developing individualized education programs (IEPs) that focus on improving educational results through the general curriculum,
  • Educating children with disabilities with their nondisabled peers,
  • Setting higher expectations for students who are disabled and ensuring schools are held accountable,
  • Strengthening the role of parents and fostering partnerships between parents and schools,
  • Reducing unnecessary paperwork and other burdens.

 IDEA Consultant Listing by Stand-Alone District and Cooperative

 IDEA Allocation Procedural Change

​The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides supplemental funds for the excess cost of educating students with disabilities. The federal funds support local district efforts in providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. Each districts’ federal IDEA allocation, in accordance with the federal formula, is generated by its student population and poverty rate.  It is ISBE’s expectation that the federal funds are used to serve the students who generated those funds.

In July 2018, the Illinois State Board of Education announced a procedural change in how IDEA Part B funds will be distributed to member districts of special education cooperatives.  The announcement outlined why a procedural change was necessary and the steps that ISBE would take to support districts and cooperatives in the direct allocation of IDEA funds to the districts and students that generate the federal funds. 

ISBE is committed to supporting districts and cooperatives in the transition through the procedural change. This webpage was created for that purpose and houses resources related to the FY20 IDEA allocation procedural change.

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