Program Management

The Exceptional Student Services (ESS) Program Management team distributes Individuals with Disability Act grant monies to eligible Public Education Agencies (PEA) throughout Arizona. The grant application process is facilitated through the grants management system. Grants are approved, amended, and financially monitored through this system. Programmatic monitoring for IDEA grants is facilitated between the program management team and the program support and monitoring specialist in ESS.

IDEA Entitlement Grant

The IDEA formula grants is used to assist Arizona in meeting the excess costs of providing special education and related services to children with disabilities. In order to be eligible for funding, PEAs must serve all children with disabilities between the ages of 3 through 21.

This information can be found in this memo.

The allocations tab now has the Fiscal Year 2019 amounts for the entitlement funds.


New/Expanding Charter Schools

34 CFR Part 76, Subpart H describes how charters can receive IDEA Entitlement funds. The ADE (Arizona Department of Education) requires that a charter notify ESS (Exceptional Student Services) in order to obtain an allocation or an expansion to an allocation in the same year that the respective event occurs. Any entities participating in this process will be worked into the IDEA Basic grant application. (The Charter School Expansion Act Grant is no longer used)



For programmatic questions, please email ESS Program Management which includes:

  • Funding Applications
  • Completion Report programmatic issues
  • Proportionate Share
  • Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS)
  • Allocations
  • Maintenance of Effort general supervision and oversight

For fiscal questions, please email Grants which includes:

  • Reimbursement requests
  • Completion Reports expenditures
  • Maintenance of Effort review and processing

For questions on ESS Census, please email ESS Data Management.

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