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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Special Education Finance Monthly Fiscal Call – June 1

Source: Special Education Finance

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

Date: May 28, 2021

The Special Education Finance Section will be hosting the regularly scheduled monthly fiscal webinar Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. Topics will include budget revisions, Proportionate Share release, and budgeting to meet maintenance of effort for the upcoming school year.

To attend the monthly fiscal webinar, please go to https://stateofmo.webex.com/stateofmo/j.php?MTID=me4fe1705fe7d359c0db84548f56d96e3 or dial 650-479-3207 to join by phone.

Meeting Number: 133 277 4777

Meeting Password: w3SuK9v3FgT

The presentation materials for this webinar are available at https://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/new-directors-academy. These calls are scheduled the first Tuesday of every month at 9:00 a.m. The call-in information will be the same as what is listed above for each call.

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

 


Project ACCESS is offering a free Summer 2021 Autism Bootcamp training

Source: Kristin Funk, Assistant Director, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Regular and Special Education Teachers, Physical Therapists/Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Process Coordinators, and Administrators

Date: May 28, 2021

Sign up by July 1st to receive 30 hours of professional development absolutely FREE! (Sorry, CEUs are not available).  From readings designed to help you tackle classroom design and curriculum to online modules designed to review foundational principles and evidenced based practices in Autism, this Autism Bootcamp training will fuel you for the year ahead. There are minimal requirements, so be sure to click the link below to see if this training is applicable.

Link to learn more: https://education.missouristate.edu/Access/Bootcamp.htm

Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/6J2kbaqjjT

If you need further assistance, please contact Megan Menton MeganMenton@missouristate.edu or Terri Carrington TCarrington@missouristate.edu or call 417-836-6657.

 


2021-22 IDEA Part B Budget Application Now Open

 

Source: Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Superintendents, Financial Administrators

Date: May 26, 2021

The 2021-22 IDEA Part B Budget Application is now open for data entry. Applications submitted on or beforeJuly 1 will be substantially approved as of July 1, while applications submitted after July 1 will be substantially approved as of the submission date.

Districts/LEAs may not begin obligating Federal IDEA Part B Section 611 (Part B 611 and ECSE 611) andFederal IDEA Part B Section 619 (ECSE 619) funds until the substantially approved date of the 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 only include expenditures that will be obligated from the substantially approved budget application date through June 30 and paid with federal funds. The district/LEA will have allocation amounts for IDEA Part B 611, ECSE 611, and ECSE 619. A brief description of each is included below.

IDEA Part B Section 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 in grades K-12. However, districts/LEAs can spend any IDEA Part B Section 611 funds on special education and related services for students with disabilities ages 3-21.

Additional IDEA Part B Section 611 Funds

In a 2018 review of DESE's IDEA Part B Section 611 and Section 619 allocation procedure, the Office of Special Education Program (OSEP) found DESE's method of allocating IDEA funds was inconsistent with allocation requirements. OSEP is requiring DESE to provide additional IDEA Part B 611 funds to districts/LEAs that received less than the amount of section 611 and/or section 619 funds to which they were entitled. The additional IDEA Part B 611 amounts that affected districts/LEAs will receive can be viewed on the https://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/part-b-funding-and-allocations.  The additional funds have been added to the affected districts'/LEAs' Current Year Part B 611 amount.

ECSE 611 Allocation

ECSE 611 amount is intended for special education and related costs for students with disabilities ages 3-5served in an ECSE program. Only districts/LEAs with a prior year 3-5 PK December 1 child count will have an ECSE 611 amount. If the district/LEA does not anticipate having ECSE expenditures, the ECSE 611 fundsmay be spent on K-12 special education expenditures.

ECSE 619 Allocation

ECSE 619 amount 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

When budgeting non-Federal funds for Maintenance of Effort (MOE), districts/LEAs should determine whatState, local, and/or county funding sources will be used to fund the special education program and ensure that, depending on how the district/LEA plans to meet MOE, enough is budgeted to meet MOE for eligibility. Budgeted MOE 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 2021-22 Part B 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-financeQuestions may be directed to spedfunding@dese.mo.gov or your technical assistance contact listed in ePeGS.


2021-22 IDEA Part B Allocations Posted

Source: Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Superintendents, Financial Administrators

Date: May 19, 2021

The 2021-22 (FY 2022) preliminary IDEA Part B Section 611 and Section 619 allocations are posted at https://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/part-b-funding-and-allocations. Under the 2021-22 allocation section of the webpage, LEAs may view the following information:

1. Part B 611 and ECSE 611 Allocations. This spreadsheet shows the amount of federal IDEA Part B Section 611 funds identified as "Part B 611" and "ECSE 611". Part B 611 is the portion of funds broken out for special education and related services for students with disabilities in grades K-12. ECSE 611 is the portion of funds broken out for special education and related services for students with disabilities ages 3-5 served in the early childhood special education program. However, LEAs can spend any IDEA Part B Section 611 funds on special education and related services for students with disabilities ages 3-21.   

2. ECSE 619 Allocations. This spreadsheet shows the amount of federal IDEA Part B Section 619 funds identified as "ECSE 619" that LEAs may spend on special education and related services for students with disabilities ages 3-5. Charter LEAs that do not operate a kindergarten classroom will not have an ECSE 619 allocation.

3. Proportionate Share Estimated Amounts. This spreadsheet shows the estimated amount of IDEA Part B Section 611 funds that LEAs must set aside and budget for special education and related services for parentally placed private and home school students with disabilities in grades K-12. This amount may change once the 2020-21 Part B Final Expenditure Report (FER) is approved. If the amount changes, LEAs must complete a budget revision to set aside the entire amount. Information about the proportionate share requirement can be viewed at https://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/part-b-proportionate-share.    

4. Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Adjustments. This spreadsheet shows whether or not the LEA has the opportunity to take a MOE adjustment in 2021-22. If the LEA is able to take a MOE adjustment, the LEA must indicate the intent to do so on the 2021-22 Budget Application. Information about taking a MOE adjustment can be viewed at https://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/special-education-maintenance-fiscal-effort.    

The 2021-22 (FY 2022) IDEA Part B Section 611 and Section 619 grant award information must be included in the LEA's accounting records. More information regarding the identification of the federal award can be found at https://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/general-federal-guidance.    

Existing charter schools with significant expansion in 2021-22 may have their FY 2022 Part B IDEA Section 611 and Section 619 allocations recalculated in January 2022. LEAs that had students leave to attend a new or expanding charter school in 2021-22 may have a decrease in their FY 2022 Part B IDEA Section 611 and Section 619 allocations.

The 2021-22 Part B Budget Application to budget FY 2022 IDEA Part B Section 611 and Section 619 funds is not yet open for data entry. As soon as we are able to open the 2021-22 Part B Budget Application, a SELS message will be sent. The 2021-22 Part B Budget Applications will be due no later than July 1, 2021. LEAs may not begin obligating FY 2022 IDEA Part B Section 611 or Section 619 funds until after the substantially approved date of the budget application.

Please contact the Special Education Finance Section with any questions at 573-751-0622 or spedfunding@dese.mo.gov.


Virtual Special Education Director Academy, Summer 2021

Source: Office of Special Education

Intended Audience: New Special Education Directors, Returning Special Education Directors, Superintendents

Date: May 18, 2021

Reminder that the Office of Special Education is hosting a virtual Special Education Director Academy July 26-30, 2021. This five-day event is designed for new special education directors but is open to all who may want a refresher. Sessions will run from 8:45 a.m. to noon each day with a focus on compliance and data.

Topics to be covered include but are not limited to: leadership, early childhood special education, dispute resolution, discipline, postsecondary transition, data reporting and use, and Special Education program requirements.

Registration for the academy is now open with no registration fee required. Click here to register: https://www.eventsquid.com/event.cfm?id=12745.

Additional Academy information and a calendar of Special Education due dates can be found at https://dese.mo.gov/special-education/effective-practices/special-education-directors.

If you need further assistance, contact Tori Chance at Tori.Chance@dese.mo.gov or 573-522-0071.


Sasha Long, The Autism Helper, coming to Missouri (virtually via Zoom)

 
Source: Kristin Funk, Assistant Director, Effective Practices
 
Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Regular and Special Education Teachers, Behavior Specialists, Paraprofessionals, and Process Coordinators
 
Date: May 10, 2021
 
Sasha Long, The Autism Helper, is coming to Missouri (virtually via Zoom) on June 17, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Project ACCESS is offering scholarships to all who want to attend. You may know Sasha from her very popular website(link is external). The title of the day-long presentation is Behavior Change: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. 
 
Sasha is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and former special education teacher from the Chicago area. Sasha says, “We all know there are those times when things do not go as planned. In this workshop you will learn how to tackle those high-stress situations where no option seems like the right one and all bets are off. This workshop highlights ready to use interventions and real-life scenarios!”
 
Sasha will be giving away a free “digital goodie bag” of popular items from her Teachers Pay Teachers® web store to all who attend.
 
 
The workshop registration is available at: https://forms.office.com/r/YhAVmSWAuA.(link is external)
 
If you need further assistance, please contact Kristin Funk at Kristin.funk@dese.mo.gov or call 573-751-7661.

Parent Advisors Needed for Missouri School for the Deaf's Families First Early Intervention Program

Source: Angela Turner, Lead Parent Advisor Families First Program, Missouri School for the Deaf

Intended Audience: Special Education Coordinators and Teachers, Speech and Language Pathologists, Counselors, Interpreters, etc.

Date: May 4, 2021

The Families First Program at Missouri School for the Deaf is looking to hire part-time parent advisors throughout the state to provide services to families. Families First is a home-based early intervention program for families with deaf or hard of hearing children ages birth through eight. Parent advisors provide in-home and/or virtual support and strategies for families in child development, communication, language development, social/emotional skills, and transition to school. Parent advisors will be trained with the SKI-HI curriculum. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact Angela Turner at 573-592-2572 or ff@msd.dese.mo.gov before May 7.

Additional information is available at https://msd.dese.mo.gov/outreach-resources-center/families-first-early-interventions.   


Special Education Finance Monthly Fiscal Call – May 4

 
Source: Special Education Finance
 
Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Financial Administrators, ECSE Directors
 
Date: May 3, 2021
 
The Special Education Finance Section will be hosting the regularly scheduled monthly fiscal webinar tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. Topics will include budget revisions, Proportionate Share release, and budgeting to meet maintenance of effort for the upcoming school year.
 
To attend the monthly fiscal webinar, please go to https://stateofmo.webex.com/stateofmo/j.php?MTID=me4fe1705fe7d359c0db84548f56d96e3(link is external) or dial 650-479-3207 to join by phone.
 
Meeting Number: 133 277 4777
Meeting Password: w3SuK9v3FgT
 
The presentation materials for this webinar are available at https://dese2.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/new-directors-academy. These calls are scheduled the first Tuesday of every month at 9:00 a.m. The call-in information will be the same as what is listed above for each call.
 
If you have any questions, please email the Special Education Finance Section at spedfunding@dese.mo.gov

ECSE State Payments

Source: Special Education Finance

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

Date: April 27, 2021

As Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Final Expenditure Reports (FERs) are approved, the Special Education Finance Section is making monthly ECSE state payments. Payments will 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 will be processed in the second monthly payment and be deposited at the end of the month. DESE is reviewing FERs in the order they were submitted. Only districts with approved FERs up to April 22 will be on the list. Districts may see the monthly payment amounts up through April posted at: https://dese2.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.


Virtual Special Education Director Academy, Summer 2021

Source: Office of Special Education

Intended Audience: New Special Education Directors, Returning Special Education Directors, Superintendents

Date: April 27, 2021

The Office of Special Education is hosting a virtual Special Education Director Academy July 26-30, 2021. This five-day event is designed for new special education directors but is open to all who may want a refresher. Sessions will run from 8:45 a.m. to noon each day with a focus on compliance and data.

Topics to be covered include but are not limited to: leadership, early childhood special education, dispute resolution, discipline, postsecondary transition, data reporting and use, and special education program requirements.

Registration for the academy is now open with no registration fee required. Click here to register: https://www.eventsquid.com/event.cfm?id=12745(link is external).

Additional academy information and a calendar of special education due dates can be found at https://dese2.mo.gov/special-education/effective-practices/special-education-directors.

If you need further assistance, contact Tori Chance at Tori.Chance@dese.mo.gov or 573-522-0071. 


FY 21 Part B Budget Application Revisions and Proportionate Share Carryover Release Request

 
Source: Special Education Finance
 
Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Financial Administrators, Superintendents
 
Date: April 21, 2021
 
The FY 21 Special Education Part B Budget Revision and/or FY 21 Proportionate Share Carryover Release Request is due no later than April 30, 2021. Prior year proportionate share carryover may be released by request in ePeGS if the district does not have applicable proportionate share expenditures equal to or greater than the full carryover amount of proportionate share funds.
 
Budget application revisions should include all planned federal early childhood special education and K-12 special education expenditures. Current year proportionate share funds must be budgeted in entirety under function code 1224 and/or 2557 SPED. Prior year proportionate share carryover amounts must also be budgeted under function code 1224 and/or 2557 SPED unless the district/local education agency (LEA) has received approval to release unexpended proportionate share carryover funds from an approved Proportionate Share Carryover Release Request in ePeGs.
 
To assist with budget revision, the Proportionate Share Release and Carryover Calculator can be found at https://dese2.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/part-b-proportionate-share. Step-by-step directions for completing and submitting budget revisions and Proportionate Share Carryover Release Request can be found in the FY 21 Budget Application Guide at Special Education Part B Budget Guide Fiscal Year 2021
 
Questions may be directed by email to spedfunding@dese.mo.gov.

SAVE THE DATES - Virtual Special Education Directors Academy, Summer 2021

 
Source: Office of Special Education
 
Intended Audience: New Special Education Directors, Returning Special Education Directors, Superintendents
 
Date: April 21, 2021
 
The Office of Special Education is hosting a virtual Special Education Directors Academy July 26-30, 2021. This five-day event is designed for new special education directors but is open to all who may want a refresher. Sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day with a focus on Compliance and Data.
 
Registration information is coming soon. No registration fee required.

Verification of Data to be Used in FY 22 IDEA Part B (Section 611 and Section 619) Allocation Calculations

Source: Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Superintendents, Special Education Directors, Finance Administrators

Date: April 19, 2021

ACTION REQUIRED: YES

DEADLINE: April 30, 2021

Districts/local education agencies (LEAs) have an opportunity to verify that correct data have been reported for use in determining FY 22 IDEA Part B (Section 611 and Section 619) allocations. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on student enrollment and free and reduced lunch counts, please follow the process of data verification outlined below for your district/LEA.

Districts/LEAs that are not categorized as charter schools will verify data gathered from the 2019-20 school year as this will provide the most accurate data available. The 2019-20 data, to be used in FY 22 IDEA Part B (Section 611 and Section 619) allocations for LEAs, can be reviewed at https://dese2https://dese2.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/part-b-funding-and-allocations.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/part-b-funding-and-allocations. Any corrections to PK-12 September Enrollment, Parentally Placed Private School Student, Non-Resident, Home School, and Federal Programs Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) data must be made in the system in which they were reported no later than midnight April 30, 2021. Federal Programs Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) data includes FRL students in grades K-12 found in the MOSIS October Student Core file. Any data changes made after April 30, 2021, will not be included in the FY 22 IDEA Part B (Section 611 and Section 619) allocation calculations. Districts/LEAs are responsible for verifying that any updates/changes are saved. Errors on reporting this data could result in a decrease in the district's/LEA's FY 22 IDEA Part B (Section 611 and Section 619) allocations.

The CEP Identified Student percentage, Non-Public, and Neglected/Delinquent counts on the data spreadsheet are unable to be changed in the MOSIS system. Please contact the Special Education Finance Section with questions at spedfunding@dese.mo.gov.


Verification of Data to be Used in FY 22 IDEA Part B (Section 611 and Section 619) Allocation Calculations

 

Source: Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Charter Schools

Date: April 16, 2021

ACTION REQUIRED: YES

DEADLINE: April 30, 2021

Districts/LEAs have an opportunity to verify that correct data have been reported for use in determining FY 22 IDEA Part B (Section 611 and Section 619) allocations. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on student enrollment and free and reduced lunch counts, please follow the process of data verification outlined below. 

Charter schools will verify data gathered from the 2020-21 school year as this will provide the most accurate data available. Preliminary data as of April 13, 2021, to be used in FY 22 IDEA Part B (Section 611 and Section 619) allocations for LEAs, can be reviewed at https://dese2.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/part-b-funding-and-allocations. Any corrections to PK-12 September Enrollment, Parentally Placed Private School Student, Non-Resident, Home School and Federal Programs Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) data must be made in the system in which they were reported no later than midnight April 30, 2021. FRL data includes FRL students in grades K-12 found in the MOSIS October Student Core file. Any data changes made after April 30, 2021, will not be included in the FY 22 IDEA Part B (Section 611 and Section 619) allocation calculations. Districts/LEAs are responsible for verifying that any updates/changes are saved. Errors on reporting this data could result in a decrease in the LEA's FY 22 IDEA Part B (Section 611 and Section 619) allocations. 

The CEP Identified Student percentage, Non-Public and Neglected/Delinquent counts on the data spreadsheet are unable to be changed in the MOSIS system. Please contact the Special Education Finance Section with questions at spedfunding@dese.mo.gov.


ACTION REQUIRED: End-of-Year Data Collection for 2020-21

 
Source: Mary Corey, Special Education Data
 
Intended Audience: Special Education Directors and Personnel
 
Date: April 15, 2021
 
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 requires local education agencies (LEAs) report the following information to the state for parentally-placed students attending elementary or K-12 private or parochial schools, including home schools, within their jurisdiction:
 
1. The number of students with INITIAL EVALUATIONS conducted during the 2020-21 school year.
2. The number of those evaluated that were found eligible.
3. The number of those found eligible that received special education or related services from your LEA.
 
Note: This is NOT a total count of parentally-placed private school children served by your LEA.
The following link will take you to a survey where the data can be reported. Simply select your LEA, fill in the data and click Done https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020-21ParentallyPlaced(link is external).
 
All regular school districts must submit this information by June 30, 2021, even if all of the responses are zero. Charter schools do not need to respond.
 
If you have questions regarding this collection, contact the Special Education Data Coordination Section at speddata@dese.mo.gov.

Special Education End-of-Year Reporting

 
Source: Mary Corey, Special Education Data
 
Intended Audience: Special Education Administrators, Core Data/MOSIS Personnel
 
Date: April 15, 2021
 
End-of-year collections for students with disabilities include exiting and discipline data, as well as Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) data for children in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). All of these data are reported at the student level through the MOSIS data collection system. 
 
Special education exit data is reported through the MOSIS Student Core and MOSIS Student Enrollment and Attendance files. Any student who has exited special education from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, (graduates, dropouts, return to regular education, etc.) should have the IEP disability code reported in the Student Core file. Note that the Special Education Program Exit Code in the MOSIS Student Core File can only be blank, 01-Return to Regular Education or 17-Parent Withdrew Student from Special Education. If the 01 or 17 codes do not apply to a student, leave the field blank. Both the Special Education Program Exit Code in the MOSIS Student Core file and the Exit Code in the MOSIS Student Enrollment and Attendance file are considered when populating Core Data Screen 12 with the special education exit data. If the MOSIS Student Core file indicates a special education exit code of 01 or 17, that exit code will be used to populate Screen 12. For all other students with a blank Special Education Program Exit Code, the final Exit Code in the MOSIS Student Enrollment and Attendance file will be used to populate Screen 12.
 
The G03 exit code should be reported where applicable. G03: Graduated by earning some or all required credits through modified classes aligned with alternate state standards or by meeting IEP goals. This would generally be limited to those students with the most significant cognitive disabilities whose IEP teams have determined that this method of graduation provides FAPE to the individual student. Students who have been reported as G03 are excluded from the numerator of the four-, five-, six- and seven-year graduation rate calculations.
 
The June Student Core file is used to report ECO for children who entered or exited ECSE during this school year. Please work with your MOSIS coordinator to ensure that the ECO data are included in the Student Core file. See http://dese2.mo.gov/special-education/data/early-childhood-outcomes-eco-training for ECO information and training materials.
 
Discipline data is reported through the MOSIS Student Discipline Incident file. The file should include all discipline incidents for all students, regular and special education, that resulted in in-school or out-of-school suspensions of half day or longer. Each removal should only be reported once, even if the length or type of removal is modified. For further information, see the Core Data and Missouri Student Information System Reference Manual at http://dese2.mo.gov/data-system-management/core-datamosis.
 
As a reminder, the definitions for the removals types are:
 
  • In-School Suspension - Removal of student from regular classroom setting (within a school building) for a fixed amount of time with student automatically returning to regular classroom setting after the suspension is completed.
  • Out-of-School Suspension - Removal of student from regular school for a fixed amount of time with student automatically returning to school after the suspension is completed.
  • Expulsion - Removal of student from school and by local board action for an indefinite period of time until student is reinstated by local board of education.
  • Unilateral Removal - School personnel (not IEP team) ordered removal of student with disabilities from current educational placement to an appropriate interim educational setting for same amount of time that a child without disabilities would be subject to discipline, but for not more than 45 days.
 
These data for students with disabilities will be included in your Special Education District Profiles and are used for various decision-making purposes by the Office of Special Education.
 
If you have questions regarding the end-of-year collections, contact the Special Education Data Coordination Section at 573-751-7848 or 573-751-8165 or email speddata@dese.mo.gov

Special Education Finance Monthly Fiscal Call – April 6

Source: Special Education Finance

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

Date: April 5, 2021

The Special Education Finance Section will be hosting the regularly scheduled monthly fiscal webinar tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. Topics will include verification of allocation data, budget revisions, High Need Fund Federal and other section updates.

To attend the monthly fiscal webinar, please go to https://stateofmo.webex.com/stateofmo/j.php?MTID=me4fe1705fe7d359c0db84548f56d96e3 (link is external)or dial 650-479-3207 to join by phone.

Meeting Number: 133 277 4777

Meeting Password: w3SuK9v3FgT

The presentation materials for this webinar are available at New Director's Academy These calls are scheduled the first Tuesday of every month at 9:00 a.m. The call-in information will be the same as what is listed above for each call.

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

 

ECSE FERs Impacted by ASBR Revisions

Source: Special Education Finance 

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

Date: April 5, 2021

Districts/LEAs that revised their 2019-20 Annual Secretary of the Board Report (ASBR) after DESE approved the 2019-20 Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Final Expenditure Report (FER) need to contact DESE Special Education Finance technical assistants to determine if a FER revision is required. Failure to contact DESE may result in a district overpayment that would require the district to refund the overage. Special Education Finance section contact information is located at Special Education Finance

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