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California's Annual State Application for 2024

Annual State Application under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is to be submitted by May 22, 2024, for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2024.

The California Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Division, completed its preliminary application for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2024 federal funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as Amended in 2004, Public Law 108-446.

The state application is available for 60 days and public written comment will be accepted for at least 30 days prior to submission to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Written comments will be accepted from March 25 to April 25, 2024.

Send written comments to Nora Parella, Education Research and Evaluation Consultant, Office of the Director, Special Education Division, by email at PartBapp@cde.ca.gov or by mail to:

California Department of Education
Special Education Division
Attention: Nora Parella
1430 N Street, Suite 2401
Sacramento, CA 95814

The content for the IDEA state application is presented in five sections, as follows:

Section I - The state’s Submission Statement for Part B of IDEA.

Section II - A series of assurances and certifications of federal policies as detailed by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations.

Section III - The description of use of IDEA funds maintained by the state for administration and other State activities. The administration and other State activities are listed on an Excel spreadsheet.

Section IV - The description of the Section 608(a) requirements States must meet in order to receive IDEA funds. This section requires states to provide a list of state statutes, regulations, or policies that are state imposed but, not required by IDEA or Federal regulations.

Section V - The total amount of State financial support made available for special education and related services for children with disabilities in the most recent two State fiscal years.

Below are the links to the five sections of California’s FFY 2024 Annual State Application for IDEA funds.

Section I and Section II- Submission Statement for Part B of IDEA and Assurances Related to Policies and Procedures (DOCX; Posted 22-Mar-2024)
The state makes the assurances that it has policies and procedures in place as required by IDEA.

Section III - Description of Use of Funds Part B of IDEA (Posted 22-Mar-2024) and Excel Interactive Spreadsheet (XLSX; Posted 22-Mar-2024)
The state provides a description of the use of IDEA funds maintained by the state for administration and for other State activities. The administration and other State activities are listed on an Excel spreadsheet.

Currently, the OSEP has not provided California with the FFY 2024 Excel Interactive Spreadsheet. For the preliminary application, the OSEP has directed the CDE to post the prior year FFY 2023 Section III Description of Use of Funds Part B of IDEA and the FFY 2023 Interactive Spreadsheet. The CDE will repost Section III with the FFY 2024 Interactive Spreadsheet and Description of Use of Funds Part B of IDEA when it has been received and completed these documents.

Section IV - State Administration (Posted 22-Mar-2024) and List of state statutes, regulations, or policies (Posted 22-Mar-2024)
The description of the Section 608(a) requirements States must meet in order to receive IDEA funds. This section requires states to provide a list of state statutes, regulations, or policies that are state imposed but are not required by IDEA or Federal regulations.

Section V – Maintenance of State Financial Support
The total amount of state financial support made available for special education and related services for children with disabilities in the most recent two State fiscal years. This section is not part of the eligibility requirement for the State. Section V amounts are available upon written request at PartBapp@cde.ca.gov.

General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) Section 427 Form: Ensuring Equitable Access to Funds (DOCX; Posted 22-Mar-2024)

Beginning in FFY 2023, the OSEP requires all States to electronically post the GEPA Section 427 Form with their application.

Section 427 of the GEPA requires the U.S. Department of Education to obtain from States applying for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act funds a description of its existing mission, policies, or commitments to ensure equitable access to and equitable participation in the special education program. In addition, States may describe barriers that can impede equitable access or participation in the special education program and provide steps to be taken to overcome these barriers.

Questions:   Nora Parella | PartBapp@cde.ca.gov | 916-327-3731
Last Reviewed: Friday, March 22, 2024
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