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IDEA Money Watch is a project of The Advocacy Institute (www.advocacyinstitute.org), a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to the development of products, projects and services that work to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Supported by dedicated parents and advocates across the nation, IDEA Money Watch is tracking the use of federal funds that are being provided to local school districts in support of special education services (IDEA) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

We hope to report on how school districts are using IDEA ARRA funds to achieve significant and sustainable improvement for the nation’s 6 million school aged students with disabilities.

According to latest data available, these students have …

  • a dropout rate of 25%
  • a graduation rate of just over 55%

 Source: www.ideadata.org 


According to the 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the academic performance of the nation’s students with disabilities is …

  • 4th Grade Reading: 13% “at” or “above proficient”
  • 8th Grade Reading: 7% “at” or “above proficient”
  • 4th Grade Math: 19% “at” or “above proficient”
  • 8th Grade Math: 8% “at” or “above proficient” 

 Source: www.nationsreportcard.gov  


According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004), the nation’s federal special education law …

 “implementation of this title has been impeded by low expectations, and an insufficient focus on applying replicable research on proven methods of teaching and learning for children with disabilities.” 


According to guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, the additional funding for special education provided by the ARRA …

 “will provide an unprecedented opportunity for states, LEAs, and EISprograms to implement innovative strategies to improve outcomes for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities while stimulating the economy.”

 
 

Blog Bytes

IDEA Money Watch Blog :: The Balance Sheet
> President's Budget Provides Less than 1% boost for IDEA
> Budget Deal brings IDEA increase
> Advocate/Activist's Call to Action
> New Report on Impact of Sequestration
> US Dept. of Ed proposes new regulations for LEA MOE
> State-by-state IDEA funding cuts under Sequestration
> US Dept. of Ed retracts MOE guidance challenged by IDEA Money Watch!
> Senate gives IDEA funding a boost
> Obama ignores special ed, again!
> Can You Say "Sequestration?"
> Comments to National Council on Disability
> Money Doesn't Trump Blame Game
> Deal or No Deal: ED's new info on LEA MOE provisions
> IDEA Money Watch responds to AEI report on Special Education Spending

> Meet the ARRA Albatross
> Funding Cliff Comes to New Hanover

LEA reductions in MOE
> State by state data available here
> 100 Largest School District info here

State MOE Waiver Requests ::
AL, IA (FY10), IA (FY11) KS, NJ, OR, SC, WV

Tutorial :: Understanding the Impact of IDEA Federal Funds and ARRA Funds over Time

Video :: The Business of Special Education

MOE Basics ::  Essential info on IDEA Maintenance of Effort

IDEA Money Watch hits YouTube

WI: Milwaukee Schools announced big cuts for 2012

NC: New Hanover district plans big cuts to special education

NY: State shifts special ed costs to districts

TX: Districts cut sped in spite of stimulus

KS may forfeit federal funds due to budget reduction

AZ's Gilbert SD announces cuts

FL district announces layoffs

GA district cuts teachers and paras

HI cuts special ed jobs for 09-10

IA district to eliminate special ed jobs 

IN districts announce special education cuts

IL's Chicago needs more Stimulus Oversight

KY district hands out "Wish Lists" Grants

OH districts buy technology with ARRA

CO BOCES uses IDEA ARRA Funds to pay for mismanagement

UT district buys computers that sit in boxes

MO district uses IDEA Funds Unwisely

VA district uses IDEA Funds for Co-Teaching PD

KPS4Parents, Inc. gives IDEA Money Watch 2 thumbs up!

LEA Ratings for every state:
AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NJ, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

IL, MI and MO announce LEA Rating Changes