Special Education Assistance To Schools

Special Education Assistance To Schools


To promote the development and implementation of extraordinary education through the proper allocation, distribution and monitoring of federal and state funds so that students with disabilities reach higher of academic achievement, workplace skills and effective participation in society.

Program Description

The Section distributes formula-driven grants, focused-issue grants and state-appropriated funds.  Grants are monitored through amendments, cash management reports, audits and other reporting requirements as identified in specific awards.  The initiatives that support this mission are: Fund Management, Guidance and Support, School-to-Adult-Life Transition, and Residential and Institutional Vouchers.   Federal Entitlement Funds are formula-driven funds under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for general special education and preschool special education to support excess costs of educating students with disabilities.  Special Education Placement and Residential Education Voucher Fund: Education costs of students placed in private institutions by the Department of Economic Security, Department of Corrections, Department of Juvenile Corrections, Department of Health Services and Juvenile Courts, as provided by A.R.S. 15-1182, Laws 1990, Ch. 164. Special Education Institutional Voucher Fund: Education costs of students attending the Arizona School for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB), children hospitalized in the Arizona State Hospital (ASH) and children in developmentally disabled programs operated by the Department of Health Services, in accordance with A.R.S., 15-1202.  Extended School Year: Additional funds to schools to provide extended school-year programs for disabled students as provided by A.R.S. 15-881.  Residential Placement Training and Residential Emergency Fund for use when the Department of Economic Security of Department of Health Services lacks funds to place students as per Laws 1991, Ch. 173.  Supplemental Additional IDEA: Funds to schools that are experiencing rapid growth in the population of preschools children with disabilities, or that are initiating or expanding services in order to comply with state and federal statues relating to preschool special education.

Contact Information

Exceptional Student Services – Receptionist
Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street, Bin 24
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Tel: (602) 542-4013 or (602) 364-4000
ADE Toll Free Tel: (800) 352-4558
Fax: (602) 542-5404