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Special Education Funding Resources
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 Diproportionality
  • Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS)

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

Guidance and resources related to special education funding are available in the Special Ed Funding Binder. The Binder includes current content compiled from multiple sources, practical tools for the administrator, and training materials for use by ESC and LEA staff. The Special Ed Funding Binder is a collaborative effort of ESCs 4, 10, 13, and 20.
Link to Special Ed Funding Binder
High Cost funds (HCF) are an additional source of funds that addresses the financial impact on the budget of an LEA (independent school district or open-enrollment charter school) 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.
 Link to TEA's Excess Cost webpage, includes Excess Cost Guidance Handbook and Excess Cost Calculator Tool Link to TEA's webpage for High Cost Funds.


  • 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 website:

    September 14, 2017 Workshop #45856

    Maintenance of Effort (MOE) for ESSA and IDEA-B: Preparing for the New School Year

    Tracking Tools for MOE Exceptions

    A proactive approach toward MOE compliance is to annually track and document possible exceptions to MOE as they occur.

  • 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.

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