COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
February 24, 2012
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
Reference is made to Superintendent’s Memorandum No. 210-11 (August 5, 2011) that provided notice of approval of your 2011-2012 Annual Special Education Plans and served as your official federal fiscal year (FFY) 2011 sub-grant award notification as a sub-recipient of funds under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Subsequent Superintendent’s Memorandum No. 304-11 (November 4, 2011) was sent to school divisions after the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) had received notice that, as part of a short-term continuing resolution passed by Congress (H.R. 2017, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012), state allocations for 2011-2012 under the Part B, Section 611 (special education flow-through) funding program had been reduced by 1.503 percent. Virginia's share was reduced by 1.125 percent.
Last month the Virginia Department of Education received a supplemental award notification restoring funding to the FFY 2011 Part B Grants to States Award. P.L. 112-74, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012” signed on December 23, 2011, decreased the across-the-board reduction from 1.503 percent to 0.189 percent. Virginia’s share of the final appropriation was reduced by approximately .995 percent.
The VDOE has applied this final reduction proportionately across both state set-aside funds and Section 611 flow-through awards to school divisions (LEAs) and state-operated programs (SOPs). Your second revised sub-grant award amounts are attached. All other terms and conditions contained in Superintendent’s Memorandum No. 210-11 remain in effect. Part B, Section 619 funds (special education preschool funding) were not affected by the above referenced congressional action.
The attached reductions will appear in the Department of Education's Online Management of Education Grant Awards (OMEGA) system, and award recipients will need to submit online amendments to budget the restored funds. Questions should be directed to Mrs. Tracie L. Coleman, special education grants manager, Office of Financial and Data Services, Division of Special Education and Student Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 225-2704.