All states making application for funds under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are required to make available for public review and comment the application packet for those federal funds. These are the funds that support provision of special education services to children ages 3 to 21 in Missouri. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has developed the draft application packet for IDEA Part B funds (listed below).
The application packet, developed by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), includes a summary of the assurances, certifications, and IDEA use of funds descriptions that the state will use to implement Part B of IDEA. Upon OSEP's approval of Missouri's Part B application, the state will receive a federal grant award under Part B of IDEA for the period of July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024.
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.
- The dollar amounts listed in Section III, Use of Funds, are for State-level Administration and Targeted Initiatives; not the cost of serving students with disabilities or the total cost of special education services in Missouri.
- OSEP has not yet published the FFY 2023 IDEA allocations to states or provided states with their interactive spreadsheets to include with the Annual Application for Part B Funds. OSEP has advised states to insert the interactive spreadsheet from the previous year's application (in this case FFY 2022) for purposes of starting public comment. When the FFY 2023 spreadsheet becomes available, Missouri will add it to the posted application and remove the FFY 2022 spreadsheet named Grant Expenditures FFY 2022.
The application is available for review from March 23, 2023, through May 22, 2023. Written public comments on the draft Part B application packet may be submitted from March 27, 2023, until the close of business on April 26, 2023, to the attention of Gwen Deimeke, IDEA Coordinator, at the IDEA Comment Email or P. O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480 or by fax 573-751-3910.