October 14, 2016
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Revised Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), P.L. 114-113, 2016-2017 Part B, Section 611, Subgrant Awards for Special Education
Reference is made to Superintendent's Memorandum No. 182-16 (July 22, 2016) that provided notice of the 2016-2017 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 2016-2017 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 2016-2017 under Part B, Section 611 funds (special education flow-through) have been reduced by 0.496 percent. Virginia's total grant award allocation was reduced by 0.349 percent.
The VDOE has applied this reduction proportionately (formula-driven calculation) to school divisions and SOPs. The revised subgrant award amounts are attached. All other terms and conditions contained in Superintendent's Memorandum No. 182-16 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 budget and finance manager, Division of Special Education and Student Services, at Tracie.Coleman@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 225-2704.