Listserv News and Updates


What is ListServ (SELs/SELs2)?

February 2000, the Office of Special Education created the Special Education Listserv (SELS).  It has been and continues to be a limited e-mail group (with listserv being a misnomer since it really isn’t a listserv) available to only one contact person per school district/responsible public agency. It is used by the Office to disseminate important special education information concerning funding, compliance, data collection, professional development, etc. 

The Office has created a second e-mail group called SELs2.  This e-mail group is open to anyone wanting to subscribe (principals, teachers, parents, etc.). It will allow subscribers to receive the EXACT same messages as subscribers to SELs. By creating this second e-mail group, all constituents interested in special education will have the opportunity to receive the Office’s e-mail messages, not just one contact per school district/responsible public agency. It also allows DESE to maintain the ability to make sure that every district has at least one contact person per district receiving these messages. Messages are from DESE only and may only be posted by the manager (Lina Browner, Office of Special Education). Members may not post messages to either SELs or SELs2.

How Do I Subscribe?

Those interested in subscribing to SELs2 can do so by going to the following the links below. 

Questions or Problems Subscribing to SELs and/or needing to change SELs information, contact Lina Browner, Executive Assistant, Office of Special Education at (573) 751-5739 or via email at Lina.Browner@dese.mo.gov

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SELs Archives


Reminder - 2022-23 IDEA Part B Budget Application Due July 1

Source: Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Superintendents, Financial Administrators

Date: June 28, 2022

This is a reminder that the 2022-23 IDEA Part B Budget Application is due on or before July 1. Applications submitted after July 1 will be substantially approved as of the submission date. Districts may not begin obligating Federal IDEA Part B Section 611 (Part B 611 and ECSE 611) and Federal IDEA Part B Section 619 (ECSE 619) funds until the substantial approval date of the application.

A step-by-step guide for completing and submitting the 2022-23 Part B Budget Application is available at https://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/special-education-finance-resources

 

Questions may be directed to spedfunding@dese.mo.gov.

 


ECSE State Payments

Source: Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Financial Administrators, ECSE Directors

Date: June 27, 2022

As 2020-21 Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Final Expenditure Reports (FERs) are approved, the Special Education Finance Section makes monthly ECSE state payments for reimbursement of 2020-21 expenditures. Payments run through June and range anywhere from 5 percent to 50 percent of the total amount due until the ECSE balance is paid in full. ECSE state payments are processed in the second monthly payment.

Districts with approved ECSE FERs up to June 20, 2022, will be on the list. Districts may see the monthly payment amounts beginning in October posted at: https://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/early-childhood-special-education-ecse-finance. A SELS message will be sent as the spreadsheet is updated each month.

If you have any questions, please email the Special Education Finance Section at spedfunding@dese.mo.gov.

 


 2021-23 ARP IDEA Budget Application Now Open

Source: Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Superintendents, Financial Administrators

Date: June 23, 2022

The 2021-23 ARP IDEA Budget Application is now open for data entry. Applications are due on or before August 1 but will reflect the same substantial approval date as the 2021-22 IDEA Part B Budget Application.

LEAs must follow the obligation table in 34 CFR Part 76.707 when obligating federal funds. The budgeted amounts on the budget grid should include expenditures that will be obligated from the substantially approved 2021-22 IDEA Part B budget application date through June 30, 2023, and paid with federal funds. The district/LEA will have allocation amounts for ARP IDEA Part B 611 and ARP IDEA ECSE 619. A brief description of each is included below.

ARP IDEA Part B 611 Allocation

Current Year Part B 611 is the portion of federal IDEA Part B Section 611 funds calculated for public school special education and related services for students with disabilities. Districts/LEAs can spend any IDEA Part B Section 611 funds on special education and related services for students with disabilities ages 3-21.

ARP IDEA ECSE 619 Allocation

The ECSE 619 allocation is intended for special education and related costs for students with disabilities ages 3-5 served in an ECSE program. All districts/LEAs with a kindergarten program receive an IDEA Part B 619 allocation. These funds may be budgeted for students with disabilities ages 3-5 served in an ECSE program, child find costs, costs for students with disabilities age 5 served in a kindergarten program, or for professional development for staff serving students with disabilities ages 3-5. The district/LEA may choose to forfeit a portion or all of these funds no later than December 31 if they cannot be spent on allowable costs.

Maintenance of Effort

The budgeted MOE Calculations grid will reflect the district’s plan to meet MOE as laid out in the 2021-22 IDEA Part B Budget Application. This must include all ECSE and K-12 special education expenditures paid with state, local, and county funds the district/LEA anticipates from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.

A step-by-step guide for completing and submitting the 2021-23 ARP IDEA Budget Application is available at: https://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/special-education-finance-resources.

A quick reference sheet for coding expenditures paid with federal, state, local, and/or county funds is available at: https://dese.mo.gov/media/pdf/special-education-expenditure-coding.

Information regarding ECSE Federal Funding can be found in the ECSE Federal Funding FAQ at: https://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/early-childhood-special-education-ecse-finance. Questions may be directed to spedfunding@dese.mo.gov or your technical assistance contact listed in ePeGS.