Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

  • Grants to support the excess costs of students with disabilities that exceed the average expenditure for a general education student

  • Funds must be used in a manner consistent with the supplement and not supplant and local maintenance of effort requirements of the IDEA.

  • Some school districts may use up to 50% of the total increase in 2009 IDEA funds to reduce local effort in special education, provided the freed-up local funds are used for ESEA activities and the district does not meet the federal exclusion criteria.

  • 15% of funds may, and in some cases must, be used for "comprehensive early intervening services" (CEIS) for general education students at risk of referral to special education