SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 69
October 2, 1998
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Application for Special Education Capacity Building Grantsu (Sliver Funds)|
Background and Purpose of Sliver' Funds In years when the federal appropriation to states increases at a rate greater than inflation, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires states to reserve the amount above the rate of inflation to make subgrants to local education agencies (LEAs). The subgrants are to assist LEAs in providing direct services and in making systemic change to improve results for children with disabilities. The State Education Agency (SEA) may establish priorities in awarding these subgrants to LEAs competitively or on a targeted basis. The purpose of the subgrants, as distinguished from flow-through funds, is to provide funding that the SEA can direct to address particular needs not readily addressed through the use of flow-through funds. The SEA may direct the use of these funds to promote innovation, capacity-building, and systemic changes that are needed to improve educational results. As a result of the increase in the federal appropriation for the 1998-99 school year, the Virginia Department of Education (DOE) is expected to reserve $3.8 million under this IDEA sliver' provision. Of that amount, $400,000 will be used to continue several important initiatives such as subgrants for education interpreter training and assistive technology. The remaining $3.4 million is being offered to school divisions and state- operated programs as subgrants to assist them in improving their programs within the context of the performance goals and indicators of Virginia's State Improvement Plan for Special Education (SIP), a copy of which is attached. Application Process LEAs and state-operated programs (SOPs) may apply for these sliver' grants for the 1998-99 school year, and the awarded funds may be carried over until September 30, 2000. Each LEA and SOP has been allocated an amount equal to $11.95 per special education pupil, with $5,000 minimum if less than 50 pupils are served, and $20,000 minimum if 50 or more pupils are served. The list of allocations is attached. Several other reference documents are also enclosed, and include: ~ Partial list of other programs in many school divisions which could potentially serve as collaborative partners for integrating strategies and funding ~ Resource bibliography (materials not reviewed for endorsement by DOE) ~ A Handbook for Creating Smart Schools (not reviewed for endorsement) Completed applications for these funds must be received by 5 p.m. December 1, 1998. Any allocations not applied for will be added proportionately to the allocations of LEAs/SOPs that do apply. Two or more LEAs/SOPs may combine their allocations and submit a joint application, provided a single LEA/SOP is designated as fiscal agent for the grant. Mail completed applications to: John Mitchell, Associate Director Office of Special Education and Student Services Virginia Department of Education P. O. Box 2120 Richmond, VA 23218-2120 For questions or assistance, contact John Mitchell via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (804) 225-2704. PDS/crv Attachment: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.