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Subject: Assurance Statement Procedures for FY 08
Source: Margaret Strecker, Director, Compliance and Linda Sneller, Director, Funds Management

Intended Audience: All agencies serving children with disabilities, ages 3-21

Date: April 17, 2007

Each responsible public agency in the state that provides services to students with disabilities must submit an annual assurance to DESE regarding their compliance with the provision of those services. The Division of Special Education is presently in the process of finalizing state regulations based on the final federal regulations under IDEA published in August 2004. The assurance statement will require districts to affirm that they will implement all provisions of the federal statute, as amended, as well as all state and federal regulations that do not conflict with the federal statute, throughout the period of the grant award.

The responsible public agency's governing board must approve the assurance before DESE can release federal funds to the agency. This approval may be done anytime prior to submission of the budget application. The assurance statement must be dated July 1, 2007, or later. If the agency's assurance documents are approved by the governing board prior to July 1, 2007, use July 1, 2007, as the approval date. This will indicate that the Assurance Statement was approved on or before July 1. If the Assurance Statement is approved after July 1, 2007, use the actual date of approval. For most agencies, at the time they submit an ECSE or Part B budget application, the individual submitting the application will need to confirm that the assurance documents have been approved by the agency's governing board. Agencies that do not submit special education budget applications to the Division of Special Education (DSE) will need to provide a hardcopy of the approved assurances to the DSE.

For agencies that do not open an ECSE or Part B budget with the Funds Management Section, the assurance statement to be approved by the governing board will be mailed by May 1, 2007, to each agency's chief administrative officer and special education contact person. This includes state board operated programs (SSSH, MSD, and MSB), other state agencies (DYS, DOC, and DMH), St. Louis charter schools, and component districts of special school districts (St. Louis and Pemiscot Counties).
Component districts in St. Louis County that manage their own ECSE programs must submit an assurance statement to St. Louis County SSD for their K-12 programs and maintain the assurance statement for the ECSE program on file in their district.

The assurance statements and instructions for completing them are posted on the following webpage http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/Compliance/IDEA_ReAu2004/Assurances.html.

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Jefferson City, MO 65102
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