Special Education, and
(Kansas Residents Only)
The purpose of state special education funding is to supplement Federal allocations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which currently funds approximately 19% of the total cost of providing special education and related services to eligible students. The Kansas Legislature has attempted to add to this limited Federal funding by allocating state funds in terms of a percentage of "excess costs," defined as the amount over and above the average cost of educating a student who is not receiving special education services. In most recent years, reimbursement to LEAs has been approximately 92% of excess costs. In addition to Federal aid and State Categorical Aid, LEA’s transfer the additional amount needed to cover the cost of special education from the LEA general fund.
The 92% figure includes reimbursement of medical-related services provided to Medicaid-eligible students received in the previous year. No margin of error exists for students whose parents do not grant consent for the school to release personally identifiable information in order to bill Medicaid, for billing errors, or for claims denied that were valid.
Transportation Reimbursement – Sara Barnes 785-296-4972
Catastrophic Aid – Mason Vosburgh 785-296-4945
Special Teacher Reimbursement – Evelyn Alden 785-296-3868
Non-Public Equivalency contracts – Mason Vosburgh785-296-4945
For assistance with Catastrophic Aid, please contact
For questions about Special Teacher reimbursement, please contact
For assistance with Non-Public Equivalency contracts, please contact
For assistance with these reports, or further information, please contact
For assistance with Personnel Web, questions about the special teacher portion of categorical aid reimbursement, or further information, please contact