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Special Education Aids

Overview

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The State of Wisconsin has three funding programs for school districts to support the costs of special education and related services:

Special Education and School-Age Parents Aid

By far the largest source of state funding for special education.

High Cost Special Education Aid

Provides additional funding for individual students with exceptionally significant and costly needs.

Supplemental Special Education Aid

Targets small, low-spending districts with proportionally large special education budgets.

Each program is designed as a reimbursement of eligible costs from the prior year. Federal funding for special education and related services is provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA grants are administered by the Special Education team.

For questions about this information, contact Roselynn Bittorf (608) 267-9212, dpifin@dpi.wi.gov (608) 267-9114