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Guest post from a grandparent advocate who says, “Excellent job again Wrightslaw! There is nothing like the power of getting organized !” Our school district knows that I keep records and am well-documented when advocating on behalf of my grandchild.
By guest blogger Alyson Klein. Crossposted from Politics K-12 . States that run afoul of federal rules for special education funding will be punished—though not forever—under a technical, but important tweak to state maintenance of effort under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The change, which was crafted with the help of the U.S. Department of Education, was included in the giant spending bill for the rest of this fiscal year (better known in Inside the Beltway as a continuing resolution, or CR) that Congress passed this month. Under maintenance of effort—or MOE, in wonky Washingtonspeak—states can't cut their own education spending below whatever amount they spent the previous year and still tap federal dollars for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, unless they get special permission from the department.