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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 Diproportionality
  • 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

  • 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 is August 24, 2018.

    ESC-20 workshop #43728 addressed how to navigate the new eGrants home page and how to complete the 2018-2019 Special Education Consolidated Grant application.

    The presentation was recorded. If you would like a link to the recording, please use the contact link at the upper right side of this webpage to request the link. 

  • 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.

    TEA released their Final IDEA-B LEA MOE Compliance Review for 2016-2017 on August 8, 2018.

    It is important that your LEA perform a preliminary self-analysis of FY18 compliance for special education MOE before you close your books for your fiscal year 2017-2018, so that you can make adjustments, if necessary to ensure MOE compliance.

    Also, since TEA provided additional 2017-2018 IDEA-B funds, including a supplement based on TEA's Strategic Action Plan, many LEAs may qualify for FY18 MOE Voluntary Reduction, which allows LEAs to deliberately spend less than the required amount for 2017-2018 special education expenditures from their general fund.

    However, if you qualify for MOE Voluntary Reduction, you must act quickly to take advantage of this opportunity before you close your books for your fiscal year 2017-2018.

    Please refer to the instructions below titled "Preliminary MOE Compliance for FY18" and "2017-2018 MOE Voluntary Reduction."

    TEA released their IDEA-B MOE Preliminary Compliance Review for 2016-2017 on April 23, 2018.

    Update: TEA released the Final Compliance Review for 2016-2017 on August 8, 2018.

    The power point presentation "2016-2017 Preliminary Compliance Review Action Steps" provides information on what you should do.

    April 25, 2018 Workshop #43729 covered these topics:

    • 2018-2019 BS6016 Schedule in the Special Education Consolidated Grant application related to MOE Eligibility Standard and MOE Voluntary Reduction for 2018-2019
    • How to estimate FY18 MOE compliance based on year-to-date expenditures

    March 26, 2018 Workshop #43725

    Maintenance of Effort (MOE) for Special Education: Analysis of Fiscal Year 2017 Compliance

    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.

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

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