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.
FY2015 Special Education Reimbursement Guide (PDF)
FY2014 Special Education Reimbursement Guide (PDF)
Payment Information (School Finance)