ESEA Insider News - Page 3

  • Allowable costs for retirees, leases, and rents

    Particular care must be exercised when using federal program grants to cover retirement benefits, leases, and rents. Such expenses are allowable but there are well defined parameters.

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  • Why present achievement levels matter

    One of the overlooked lessons from the Endrew ruling of last spring is that a notation of present levels of performance is a corollary to constructing an individualized education plan that ensures a free appropriate public education. Though identifying functional capacity in all domains–academic, social, vocational, and behavioral–is a routine matter for IEP teams, that identification should be thorough and explicit.

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  • Use caution with allowable costs

    “Slippery when wet” is a common road sign on rural roads–the phrase comes to mind when considering certain expenses that must be scrutinized critically when allocating federal funds. As we have previously stated in this column, caution with regard to compliance is highly advised to avoid audit findings that can be embarrassing and, in some cases, expensive.

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  • Endrew and FAPE – beyond academics

    The Endrew decision by the Supreme Court last spring did more than expand the measures for free appropriate public education, it also emphasized that the individual education plan must be utilitarian, clearly outlining actions to improve pupil performance in all areas–not just academics.

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  • Tracking time when blending funding

    One of the areas subject to error when documenting disbursements for consolidated funds in schoolwide programs is accounting for payroll variances. Like so many federal regulations, the rules are relatively simple, but procedures must be in place to be sure they are followed.

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