COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
October 9, 2015
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction
Reference is made to Superintendent’s Memorandum No. 185-15 (July 31, 2015) that provided notice of the 2015-2016 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B (Sections 611 and 619) federal allocations for school divisions and state-operated programs (SOPs) that have submitted an approvable 2015-2016 annual plan. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has received notice that, as part of a short-term continuing resolution (CR) passed by Congress, state allocations for 2015-2016 under Part B, Section 611 funds (special education flow-through) have been reduced by 0.2108 percent. State allocation was reduced by 0.1532 percent.
The VDOE has applied this reduction proportionately (formula-driven calculation) to school divisions (LEAs) and state-operated programs (SOPs). The revised subgrant award amounts are attached. All other terms and conditions contained in Superintendent’s Memorandum No. 185-15 remain in effect. Part B, Section 619 funds (special education preschool) were not affected by the above-referenced congressional action.
The remaining October 1 allocation (net of reduction) will be updated in the Department of Education's Online Management of Education Grant Awards (OMEGA) system and made available through the reimbursement process to school divisions and SOPs that have an approved annual plan. Questions should be directed to Tracie L. Coleman, special education grants manager, Division of Special Education and Student Services, at Tracie.Coleman@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 225-2704.