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Special Education: Extraordinary Cost Pool

Funding Description

This program reimburses Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPAs) for extraordinary costs of single placements in nonpublic, nonsectarian schools (NPS) in excess of those in existence in 1997-98, and special education and related services for pupils residing in licensed children’s institutions (LCI). Single placement costs in excess of the annual threshold amount will be reimbursed, subject to available funds.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria SELPAs that have extraordinary cost of single placements in NPS in excess of those in existence in 1997-98, and related services in LCI are eligible.
Other Eligibility Considerations Not applicable
Eligible Grade Level(s) Not applicable
Eligible Age Level(s) Ages 3 to 21


Legal Authority California Education Code Section 56836.21; Budget Item 6110-161-0001(1)(21)(b)
Source / Type State / Apportionment
State Fiscal Year 2014-15
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 2014-15 for SELPAs that are not considered necessary small SELPAs as defined in California Education Code Section 56836.21 is $75,017.54. This is equal to the 2013-14 threshold plus the 2014-15 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of 0.85%. The threshold amount for the 2014-15 fiscal year for necessary small SELPAs is the lesser of $75,017.54 or one percent of the SELPA’s subtotal apportionment (sum of the base, COLA, and growth). If the total reimbursable amount exceeds the current year appropriation, all claims will be prorated.

Note: In addition to the current year appropriation, any funds not used for Necessary Small SELPAs’ Extraordinary Cost Pool for Mental Health Services are made available for this program, if needed (refer to the Necessary Small SELPAs’ Extraordinary Cost Pool for Mental Health Services Funding Profile).

Important Dates

Date Application Available Unavailable
Due Date December 1, 2015
Expected Notification Date February 19, 2016

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: August 11, 2014

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