P. O. BOX 2120
March 21, 1997


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Final Verification of December 1, 1996 Special Education Child Count 

  The purpose of this memorandum is to request verification of
  the final number of special education students to be
  included in the December 1, 1996, child count for your
  school division.  Your division will receive Part B funds
  for the total number of 3-to-21 year old students verified. 
  Verification is required by the Individuals with
  Disabilities Education Act;  flow-through grants for the
  1997-98 school year cannot be awarded until this
  certification is received. 

  This verification is a step in the Special Education data
  collection process.  Prior to final verification, Department
  personnel have worked with staff in your division to ensure 
  accuracy of data submitted for the December 1 Special
  Education Child Count.  Steps taken since December 1, 1996,
  to ensure accuracy of data submitted by school divisions
  included the following:  editing data that was submitted
  incorrectly, ensuring consistency when the same data were
  submitted by more than one school division and/or state-
  operated program, and identifying and correcting duplicate
  data.  Any of these steps may have resulted in a change from
  the total number of students originally submitted by your
    SUPTS. MEMO NO. 10
  March 21, 1997
  Page 2

  The attached verification statement includes two totals:

     The total number of 0 to 2 year-old children in
     your division.  This total is provided for your
     information.  You do not receive Part B funds for
     students aged 0 - 2.

     The total number of 3-to-21 year old students for
     which you will receive Part B funds.  

  Students served in State Operated Programs may have been
  included in data submitted by your division on December 1,
  1996, but are not included in these totals.  State Operated
  Programs receive Part B funds for students served in State
  Operated Programs on December 1, 1996, even when your
  division is the responsible division.  

  If you have any questions about these totals (if the totals
  are either too low or too high) or have questions about the
  verification process, please contact the person listed
  below.  If any of the totals are revised, a new form will be
  sent to you for your signature. 

  Please sign the attached verification statement page and
  return by mail or facsimile (804-371-8796) to Mr. Paul J.
  Raskopf, Department of Education, Office of Special
  Education and Student Services, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA
  23218-2120, by April 18, 1997.  

  If you have any questions about this matter, please contact
  Mr. Raskopf at 804-225-2080.


  Attachment:  A hard copy of this memo and its attachment
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.