Plan to ease penalties on special-education funding cuts is reversed

04/5/2012 | Education Week

Education Department officials notified states in a letter last week that they are reversing an earlier position, delivered in a letter last June, easing penalties for states that reduce spending for special education, writes education reporter Nirvi Shah in this blog post. Under the new guidelines, states that reduce spending on special education in a given year still must resume spending the following year at the previously higher level under the "maintenance of effort" clause in federal special-education requirements. Officials plan to seek public comment on the issue, the letter also said.

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