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FY23 Special Education IDEA Allocation (SC23605) in the amount of $2,811,374.00 for the period of September 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.
Description: The purpose of the IDEA grant is to provide funds to ensure that eligible students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education that includes special education and related services designed to meet their individual needs. The largest portion of the IDEA allocation is for out-of-district tuition. In addition, the grant will fund a workload audit ($40,000) and translations ($73,000). To meet the requirement of a proportionate share for eligible students attending private schools, set aside $132,384 will provide services by CPS teachers and a consultant. There is also $3,500 for membership in the MA Urban Collaborative. The remainder of the grant ($427,269) will be for activities under the Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CCEIS), including the 1.0 FTE Director or Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). As of SY21-22, the district has been required to implement a plan for CCEIS in order to mitigate the disproportionate identification of the subset of African American/Black students for special education services, The district’s plan includes professional learning in SEL, cultural and linguistically responsive practices, and coaching and leadership development for OSS staff, all part of a comprehensive program of MTSS.