Clarity on charter school special education student funding

In response to several questions from the field, the Department is providing clarity for charter schools regarding funding allocations for students who are newly identified as special education but were not identified as such by their attending school administrative unit (SAU).

For those students at charter schools who have been newly identified as special education but were not identified as such by the attending SAU in the previous year, the Department shall adjust the special education student count in EPS Special Education Allocation to include such student(s).

The charter school may count the student for special education funding (per the annually established template) and bill the resident SAU. The SAU shall forward the appropriate allocation, including the student’s special education allocation.

For students not included until the February count, the charter school may only bill for 50 percent of the student’s allocation.

More information

  • Suzan Beaudoin
    Director of School Finance & Operations
    Maine Department of Education
    207- 624-6790
    suzan.beaudoin@maine.gov

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