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Special Education Funding

Special education is funded by a combination of sources:

Less than 10% of Special Education is funded with federal money flowing to the Administrative Units. In most Administrative Units, this small amount of money funds special education staff that is shared across the Unit.

Less than 20% of Special Education is funded with State funds. This money goes directly to the districts and is often used for staff and specialized materials and resources.

About 70% of Special Education is funded through the District’s General Fund, which is based on the money coming from the state for all students and any other local revenue sources.

Charter schools should plan on subsidizing special education services out of their general fund by at least 70%.