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Subject: Part B Application

Source: Pam Williams, Coordinator, Special Education Services

Intended Audience: System stakeholders in Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Date: February 4, 2008

On October 12, 2007, all states and territories received notification from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), that all states making application for funds under Part B of IDEA are required to make available for public review and comment the application packet for those federal funds.  DESE has developed the draft application packet for IDEA Part B funds and by this notice is making the application available for review and comment at http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/Compliance/Part%20B/index.html.  The application packet, developed by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, includes a summary of the assurances, certifications, and IDEA use of fund descriptions that the state will use to implement Part B of IDEA.

As you review the application, please note the following:

* The dollar amounts listed in Section III, Use of Funds, are based upon current year (FFY07) estimated expenditures.  These figures are being used at this time due to the federal budget not being finalized, thus preventing OSEP from giving states their FFY08 budget allocations.  As states must post their application for public comment in early February in order to meet the 60 day public comment requirement prior to submission of the application, we have been instructed by OSEP to submit the same Use of Funds form as was submitted with the prior year's application.  When we receive our allocation tables from OSEP, we will be updating the form and submitting it to OSEP. When the funds form is updated and submitted, we will also be notifying the field of this.

* The application is in a format required by OSEP.

* The costs included in this application only reflect the Part B portion of federal IDEA funds that are allocated to the state of Missouri and not the total cost of special education services.

This application is available for review on the Division's website for the next sixty (60) days, until April 4, 2008.  Individuals desiring to submit written comments on the application may do so for a thirty (30) day period. Comments will be accepted from February 18 through March 18, 2008, and should be sent to the attention of Pam Williams, Coordinator, Special Education Services, at webreplyspe@dese.mo.gov or P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480 or by fax 573-526-4404.

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Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Division of Special Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Email:  webreplyspe@dese.mo.gov
Phone: 573-751-5739   Fax:  573-526-4404


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