Federal Grant Programs

IDEA

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Federal Special Education Entitlement Grant provides funds to ensure that eligible students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education that includes special education and related services designed to meet their individual needs in the least restrictive environment. The priorities of IDEA are to:

  1. Ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free and appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living;
  2. Ensure that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected;
  3. Assist states, localities, educational service agencies, and Federal agencies to provide for the education of all children with disabilities;
  4. Assess and ensure the effectiveness of efforts to education children with disabilities.

Guidance to IDEA by Topic

Resources for Program Directors

Program Monitoring

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Office of Public School Monitoring

Visit the Office of Special Education Planning & Policy for more information on special education services.

 
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