2016 IDEA Basic Entitlement Allocations Reasons for Decrease

The 2016 IDEA Basic Entitlement Application is available in the Arizona Department of Education Grants Management system and the 2016 IDEA Basic Entitlement Allocations are posted on the ESS website at http://www.azed.gov/special-education/funding/. Individual local education agencies (LEAs) may see a decrease in their allocations. There are multiple reasons why this could have occurred.

  • The IDEA grant to Arizona did not increase; therefore, the allocation amount to distribute to all eligible LEAs remained the same as FY 2015.
  • During 2015, approximately 145 charter schools submitted the IDEA Charter School Expansion Act (CSEA) application, in which they identified special education eligible students enrolling in their charter during 2015. Within that application, they reported the district/charter from which the student withdrew. Each of these students was moved from the prior LEA to the new/expanding charter in the base special education counts for each of these prior district/charters and the new/expanding charter.
  • Individual LEAs may have had a decrease in their 10/1/14 enrollment and poverty counts as compared to counts reported 10/1/13.
  • Districts may have had a decrease in the reported number of parentally placed private school or home schooled students within their district boundaries reported 10/1/14 as compared to the reported counts on 10/1/13. This would affect the total enrollment used in the formula.
  • There was an increase in the number of Arizona LEAs eligible for IDEA funds due to new non-profit charter schools opening during the 2014/2015 school year.
  • The increases in the total special education base count, total enrollment, and students living in poverty resulted in the funds being spread further among eligible LEAs.

2016 IDEA Basic Entitlement Application

The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Service division is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 IDEA Basic Entitlement application. The purpose of these funds is to assist in assuring that all children with disabilities, aged 3 through 21, have available to them a free appropriate public education (FAPE) which emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs. A LEA may use the funds under Part B for the excess costs of providing special education and related services. It is strongly recommended that you download the 2016 IDEA Basic Application Download and worksheets prior to the final online application submission. You may confirm your FY 2016 allocation by viewing the 2016 IDEA Basic Entitlement Allocations at http://www.azed.gov/special-education/funding.

AZCEC and AZCASE PD Opportunities

The Arizona Council for Exceptional Children (AZCEC) and the Arizona Council of Administrators of Special Education (AZCASE) offer two professional development opportunities for teachers, staff, and related service providers.

Fall Conference, October 30, 2015, 7:30 am–4:00 pm

Speech Pathologists and School Psychologists Joining Forces: Collaborative Assessments, LD Identification, and Interventions, presented by Andrew Shanock, Ph.D.

Best Fall Picks Book Studies

Learn at your own pace in these on-line interactive book studies. Defusing Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom focuses on skills that make teaching easier and students more manageable. Friendship 101: Helping Students Build Social Competence is learning how to help students build positive relationships. Friendship 101 is approved for DHS licensure hours.

SEAA PD Day With Wendy Murawski

Special Education Administrators of Arizona (SEAA) is sponsoring a Professional Development Day on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 7:30 am–4:00 pm. Wendy Murawski will present a full-day seminar on co-teaching and differentiation in the inclusive classroom. See the attached flyer and registration form for more information.

Inclusion Policy Statement

Today, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services released a policy statement highlighting the importance of making sure that all young children with disabilities have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the new policy statement in Kansas City, Missouri, during the first stop of his back-to-school bus tour.

The policy statement sets a vision for States, local educational agencies, schools, and public and private early childhood programs to strengthen and increase the number of inclusive high-quality early childhood programs nationwide. As the country continues to move forward on the critical task of expanding access to high-quality early childhood programs for all young children, it is imperative that children with disabilities be included in these efforts.

You can read information on the policy statement here.

As we all work together so that children with disabilities have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs, here’s what you can to do help:

  • Spread the word! Share this information with your network, and be sure to retweet @usedgov and @hhsgov on the topic.
  • Commit to working with other State agencies, schools, early childhood programs, and families to advance the recommendations and expand inclusive early learning opportunities for all children.

Melody Musgrove, Ed.D.


Office of Special Education Programs

ADE/ESS September 2015 Special Edition

The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services team is honored to present the fourth issue of the Special Edition. The Special Edition is our quarterly newsletter to share information on relevant topics and communicate upcoming events.


Talk with ADE and SEAA Meetings Friday, August 21


August 21, 2015

SEAA Meeting, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Talk with ADE Meeting, 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM 

There are two ways to attend the Talk with ADE (agenda attached) and SEAA meetings (information attached). You can attend the meetings in person or join the meetings via webinar.

If you are attending the meetings in person

RSVP to maria.durazo@azed.gov.

If you are joining the meetings via webinar

The meetings also will be available by webinar, which allows for remote participation using your computer and telephone (or only the telephone). Read the instructions below to register and participate remotely. Note that advance registration is required.

Webinar registration for Talk with ADE and SEAA meetings on Friday, August 21, 2015, 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM MST at:


 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing additional information and directions on how to join the meetings. Space is limited.


ADE/ESS July 2015 Special Edition

The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services team is honored to present the third issue of the Special Edition . The Special Edition is our quarterly newsletter to share information on relevant topics and communicate upcoming events.


State Board Rules Review Committee SLD Survey

Survey on the Procedures in Use for the Identification of Specific Learning Disabilities

The State Board Rules Review Committee is currently examining all of the current special education rules. One of the areas under consideration is the model for the identification of specific learning disabilities.

 A committee was formed to study the various models of identification of specific learning disabilities and to make recommendations to the Rules Committee. The SLD committee and the Rules Committee are asking for your input on this very important decision.

Please review the information referred to in the introduction and complete the following survey regarding your current practices in SLD identification. We are also asking for your opinions regarding several options that the committees are considering. This survey will take about 15 minutes to complete.

 Thank you very much for helping the Rules Committee and the SLD committee by sharing your thoughts on this topic.

To complete the SLD Survey, please click on the following link:    http://goo.gl/forms/Xxk51qfGBT

Summer School for Parents – July 18

Raising Special Kids is sponsoring three classes filled with special needs resources and information on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Disability Empowerment Center, Phoenix, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. See the flyer for more information.