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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 8, 2007

On December 14, 2006, 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. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (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/PDF/PrtBApp07.pdf. 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. On December 29, the state was notified by OSEP, that "On December 15 we issued the grant award packages for funds under Part C and Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Both applications include a "Use of Funds" form and typically we have provided States with allocation tables by early January. At this point, the Department has only received short term funding for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2007 through a series of 'Continuing Resolutions.' The current Continuing Resolution runs through February 15, 2007, and we are unable at this time to provide States with allocation tables for FFY 2007."

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.

As you review the application, please note the following:

The application is in a format required by OSEP. Missouri is providing general assurances to OSEP that the state will be implementing the provisions of state and federal regulations for Part B of IDEA 2004 and will complete the revisions of the state regulations by June 20, 2007.
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 9, 2007. Individuals desiring to submit written comments on the application may do so for a thirty (30) day period. Comments will be accepted from February 15 through March 16, 2007, 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.

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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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