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3. Allows the use of funds in schoolwide programs.
… [A] local education agency (LEA) may use funds received under Part B for any fiscal year to carry out a schoolwide program under Section 1114 of ESEA, except that the amount so used in any such program shall not exceed:
  • The number of children with disabilities participating in the schoolwide program, multiplied by
    • The amount received by the LEA under this part for that fiscal year, divided by
    • The number of children with disabilities in the jurisdiction of that agency.

[613(a)(2)(D)(i) and (ii)(I)-(II) of IDEA]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. What have been your experiences with school-wide programs?

  2. When do you feel it is an appropriate time to use special education funds for school-wide programs?

  3. How might reallocating funds to school-wide programs affect special education programs?

  4. Given your experience with inclusive education and school-wide programs, will students in special education benefit from participation in school wide programs?

  5. What are the implications for use of funds in school-wide programs:
    • Your school/district?
    • For you and your child/students?

  6. Are there attitudinal barriers to using IDEA funds in school wide programs?
    • Are there program barriers?
    • What impact might these barriers have on decisions about use of funds in school-wide programs?

Application Questions

  1. School wide programs aim to reduce time out of the classroom and provide services to all students without eligibility issues. What impact might a school-wide reading or math intervention have on the performance of students with disabilities? What impact might it have in meeting Adequate Yearly Progress?

  2. What training must be provided to maximize the school wide option
    • for general educators?
    • for special educators?
    • for families?

  3. What discussions must be held in advance of any decision to use IDEA funds in school-wide programs?
    • with general educators?
    • with special educators?
    • with families?

    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

    Role: Administrator
    Location: Illinois

    Role: Family Member / University Faculty
    Location: Florida

    Role: Family Member
    Location: Michigan

    Role: State Policymaker
    Location: Maryland

    Role: Family Member
    Location: Florida

    Role: Technical Assistance Provider
    Location: District of Columbia

    Role: Family Member
    Location: Delaware

    Role: Policymaker
    Location: Colorado

    Role: Policymaker
    Location: Virginia