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Special Education: Extraordinary Cost Pool

NOTE: The application due date for this program has passed.

Funding Description

This program reimburses special education local plan areas (SELPAs) for extraordinary costs of single placements in nonpublic, nonsectarian schools in excess of those in existence in 1997-98, and special education and related services for pupils residing in licensed children’s institutions. Single placement costs in excess of a threshold amount, provided below, will be reimbursed, subject to funds available for the year.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria Not applicable
Other Eligibility Considerations Not applicable
Eligible Grade Level(s) Not applicable
Eligible Age Level(s) Ages 3 to 21


Legal Authority California Education Code sections 56836.21; Budget item 6110-161-0001(1)(5)
Source / Type State / Apportionment
State Fiscal Year 2012-13
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 6500 / 8311
Total Available $3,000,000
Recipient Amount See allocation formula.
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula Costs for a single placement in excess of the applicable threshold amount will be eligible for reimbursement. The threshold amount for 2012-13 for SELPAs that are not considered necessary small SELPAs as defined in California Education Code Section 56836.21 is $73,239.08. This is equal to the 2011-12 threshold because the 2012-13 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is zero. The threshold amount for necessary small SELPAs is the lesser of $73,239.08 or one percent of the SELPA subtotal apportionment (sum of the base, COLA, and growth) for the 2012-13 fiscal year. If the total reimbursable amount exceeds the $3 million appropriation, all claims will be prorated.

Important Dates

Date Application Available Unavailable
Due Date December 2, 2013
Expected Notification Date February 20, 2014

Additional Information

Application Unavailable
Background Unavailable
Fiscal Special Education []
Other Funding for Extraordinary Cost Pool claims are allocated at the Annual Certification of the Principal Apportionment.


Program Halena Le, 916-323-6195,
Fiscal Shelley Goode, 916-324-4530,
Division School Fiscal Services Division, 916-324-4541 (phone), 916-322-5102 (fax)
Last Modified: July 17, 2013

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