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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Federal Special Education Entitlement Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Public School Districts to Meet
the Educational Needs of Students with Disabilities

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE)

Deadline Date:

11/30/17

Description:

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Grants to Massachusetts public school districts to meet the needs of qualifying students with disabilities. The purpose of this program is to ensure that all students with disabilities receive appropriate and free public education, inclusive of special education and relevant services suited to their individual needs.

The priorities of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - 2004 (IDEA-2004) are to:

a. Ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free and appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living;

b. Ensure that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected;

c. Assist States, localities, educational service agencies, and Federal agencies to provide for the education of all children with disabilities;

d. Assess and ensure the effectiveness of efforts to education children with disabilities.

Funds available under this federal entitlement program are intended for use by districts in providing eligible students with special education services and activities deemed essential for students' success in school. Services and activities supported by this grant for students ages 3 through 21 must ensure compliance with state special education laws (M.G.L. c. 71B) and regulations (603 CMR 28.00), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - 2004 (IDEA-2004).

When considering fund use, each school district should review results from its most recent Coordinated Program Review or Mid-Cycle Review, review district performance in relation to the indicators specified in the Massachusetts State Performance Plan, and review the 2015 and 2016 district Determinations of Need for Special Education Technical Assistance or Intervention.

Additionally, to support effective planning and the strategic use of grant funds to support improved outcomes for students, districts with 2015 or 2016 Special education determination levels of Needs Technical Assistance (NTA), Needs Intervention (NI), or Needs Substantial Intervention (NSI) are directed to use a minimum of 2% - 4% of the entitlement amount made available under Fund Code 240 for the improvement of student performance. (34 CFR ยง 300.600)

General Fund Use - All Districts:

Federal special education funds are given to school districts to assist them in providing appropriate special education services for eligible students and to address the priorities listed above. Districts are reminded of their responsibility to maintain state/local effort in special education.

IDEA also requires districts to designate federal funds to meet proportionate share obligations and expenditures for parentally placed private school students and home schooled students.

Additional Directed Fund Use - Districts with Special Education Determination of NTA, NI, or NSI:

Districts with 2015 or 2016 special education determination levels of Needs Technical Assistance (NTA), Needs Intervention (NI), and Needs Substantial Intervention (NSI) are required to participate in Making Money Matter (M3).

M3 Identification & FY18 Group Assignment - Districts with a 2015 special education determination level of NTA, NI, or NSI, were identified for M3 in FY17, and are assigned to M3 Group A.

Districts newly identified with a 2016 special education determination level of NTA, NI, or NSI, have also been newly identified for M3, and are assigned to M3 Group B.

All districts assigned to an M3 Group must submit an M3 SmartForm to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) when applying for the Fund Code 240 grant opportunity.

M3 Group A - Districts with a FY17 M3 identification year (2015 special education determination levels of NTA, NI, or NSI)continue to be required to re-direct for targeted use between 2% and 4% of the total special education entitlement allocation for FY18. This percent range may change in the future. Within this range, districts may choose the percentage of funds to re-direct toward appropriate activities selected to create meaningful and sustainable change and accelerate improvement in student outcomes. Additionally, districts may choose to re-direct up to 15% of the Fund Code 274 allocation to meet the 2% - 4% requirement. Please note: The FY18 Fund Code 274 Special Education: Program Improvement Grant will be released in the fall of 2017; however, the "M3- allowable" FY18 Fund Code 274 amount will auto-populate in the M3 SmartForm for each M3 district.

The directed fund use for Group A is to support the following program improvement activities in FY18:

1. Implementing the district M3 action plan (developed through FY17 240 funds) and making data-based midcourse corrections, and

2. Maintaining the M3 multi-year strategic plan (developed through FY17 240 funds) and updating it as needed, in consultation with ESE.

ESE will pursue opportunities for districts participating in this focused fund use initiative to engage in technical assistance, training, and networking throughout the year. More information about these opportunities will be forthcoming.

M3 Group B - Districts that are newly identified with 2016 special education determination levels of NTA, NI, or NSI are required to re-direct for targeted use between 2% and 4% of the total special education entitlement allocation for FY18. This percent range may change in the future. Within this range, districts may choose the percentage of funds to re-direct toward strategic planning to create meaningful and sustainable change and accelerate improvement in student outcomes. Additionally, districts may choose to re-direct up to 15% of the Fund Code 274 allocation to meet the 2% - 4% requirement. Please note: The FY18 Fund Code 274 Special Education: Program Improvement Grant will be released in the fall of 2017; however, the "M3- allowable" FY18 Fund Code 274 amount will auto-populate in the M3 SmartForm for each M3 district.

The directed fund use for Group B is to support the following program improvement activities in FY18:

1. Conducting a in-depth data-based analysis of contributing factors to current student performance outcomes,

2. Identifying specific area(s) of need based on the in-depth analysis, and

3. Creating a plan for action and intervention for FY19 and beyond, in consultation with ESE.

With ESE's approval, districts may also use funds for implementation of the action plan following completion of activities 1 through 3 above. ESE will pursue opportunities for districts participating in this focused fund use initiative to engage in technical assistance, training, and networking throughout the year. More information about these opportunities will be forthcoming.

All districts identified for M3 that are already partnering with the ESE Center for District Support through the District and School Assistance Centers (DSACs) or the Office of District & School Turnaround (ODST) are directed to propose activities that target outcomes for students with disabilities and complement the district's or school's existing improvement process, initiatives, and outcome measures.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160597

Term of Contract:

The project duration is upon approval* through 6/30/2018 (Year 1)**.

* The start date of the grant cannot be until a substantially approvable grant has been submitted in EdGrants. Applicants requesting a 9/1 start date must submit a substantially approvable Application Submission in EdGrants by 9/1.

**The period of availability for this grant award can be extended beyond Year 1 based on utilizing the multi-year feature for this Funding Opportunity in EdGrants. Extended period as follows: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019 (Year 2); 7/1/2019 - 9/30/2019 (Year 3).

Applications submitted or approved after September 1, 2017 can legally claim expenses to the grant only from the date of final ESE approval.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funds are awarded to public school districts with approved Special Education Program Plan Statements based on an allocation formula that takes into account total school enrollment in both public and private elementary and secondary schools, and the number children living in poverty, as determined by the State in those same groups.

Please note that the ESE reserves the right to require that these funds be used to correct areas of identified noncompliance.

Districts with 2015 or 2016 Special education determination levels of NTA, NI, or NSI are required to participate in Making Money Matter (M3) and must submit additional information in order for funds to be awarded.

Pre-Application Information:

Funding listed in FY18 IDEA Allocations (attached below) is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding is to become available it will be distributed under the same guideline as listed in the initial RFP document.

The due date is Thursday, November 30, 2017.

EdGrants - User Security Controls:
http://www.doe.mass.edu/news/news.aspx?id=21775

Budget Detail - Description of LIne Items and Information:
http://www.doe.mass.edu/grants/procedure/instruction/FY2013-workbook.html

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit all required grant materials through EdGrants:
https://edgrants.eoe.mass.edu/grantium/frontOffice.jsf

Helen Skulski
(781) 338-3379
hskulski@doe.mass.edu

Funding or Pin Number:

Fund Code: 240

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts

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