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Technical assistance and resources are provided for complying with state and federal laws and regulations in special education.

Services are available for:

  • State Performance Plan (SPP)
  • Local Education Agency (LEA) Determinations
  • Significant Disproportionality
  • Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS)


ESC-20 also provides training and technical assistance with federal funding requirements and eGrant submissions/amendments.

  • The Special Ed Funding binder is a collaborative effort of Education Service Center (ESC), Regions 4, 10, 13, and 20, to create a special education funding manual.

    The Special Ed Funding binder provides guidance and resources related to special education funding. The binder includes current content compiled from multiple sources, practical tools for the administrator, and training materials for use by ESC and LEA staff.

    Access the Special Ed Funding binder

    Recommendation: Use Google Chrome as the internet browser when accessing the Special Ed Funding binder. Some of the resources do not open properly when using Internet Explorer.
  • Federal regulations require LEAs (local educational agencies, which includes ISDs and Open-Enrollment Charter Schools) to maintain effective control over, and accountability for, all funds, property, and other assets purchased with federal funds and assure they are used solely for authorized purposes.

    In addition, LEAs must have written procedures for determining the allowability of costs in accordance with Federal Cost Principles and the terms and conditions of the federal award.

    Workshop #50454/55705 held November 15, 2018 provides information on allowable use of funds for special education.

  • The Excess Cost requirement under IDEA-B stipulates that LEAs must not use IDEA-B funds to pay for all the costs directly attributable to the education of a child with a disability.

    An LEA meets the Excess Cost requirement if it spends at least a minimum average amount for the education of its children with disabilities from other sources (from non-IDEA-B funds).

    The LEA must demonstrate that it meets the Excess Cost requirement of IDEA-B by completing an Excess Cost Calculation annually.

    TEA's Excess Cost Calculator Tool and Excess Cost Guidance Handbook are located on TEA's Excess Cost website.

  • The 2018-2019 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application opened June 1, 2018.

    The end date to submit the application was August 24, 2018. The deadline to submit an amendment is June 15, 2019.

    ESC-20 workshop #50455/55704 held October 31, 2018 provides an introductory overview of the 2018-2019 grant application, with information on the following topics:

    • Difference between 27 month and 15 month grants
    • How to navigate eGrants
    • Effective date for use of funds
    • When specific approval for cost items is required
    • Allowable use of IDEA-B funds, including the federal requirement for written procedures
    • Proportionate share funds for parentally-placed private school children with disabilities (applicable only to ISDs with private schools within their boundaries)
    • Eligibility Standard for Maintenance of Effort (MOE)
    • Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS)
    • When and how to amend the application
  • The High Cost Fund (HCF) is an additional source of funds that addresses the financial impact on the budget of an LEA providing FAPE (free appropriate public education) to a student with disabilities whose needs exceed the typical needs of a child with a disability.

    This is an optional source of funds that the LEA may apply for.

    Information about the HCF is found on TEA's High Cost Funds website.

  • IDEA-B Maintenance of Effort (MOE) is a federal requirement for any local educational agency (LEA, which includes ISDs and open-enrollment charter schools) that receives IDEA-B funds to spend at least the same amount of state and/or local funds for special education expenditures that was spent in the most recent prior year the LEA was compliant with MOE (unless the LEA qualifies for exceptions and/or adjustment).

    Information regarding MOE may be found on TEA's IDEA-B LEA Maintenance of Effort website.

  • New Special Education Directors will receive a monthly email from Denise Dusek.

    The purpose of the email is to provide information regarding fiscal topics and/or actions applicable to that month or to provide clarification regarding TEA notifications applicable to funding.

    The information may also be accessed under the month's tab below.

  • January 22, 2019 Workshop #50625/55710

    Special Education Revenue and Budgeting Overview

  • Since Time and Effort (Time Distribution) Reporting is applicable to all federal programs, resources are available on the ESC-20 LOGIC webpage.

    On that webpage, select the "Time and Effort (Time Distribution) Federal Requirement" toggle.

Denise Dusek
Federal Funding Specialist
Phone:  (210) 370-5378
Contact Denise Dusek

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