Dear Superintendents, Special Education Directors and Business Managers,

I know that you are all working hard to modify your budgets to accommodate the mandated Legislative budget cuts facing us.  We appreciate how difficult that is.  I’m writing to remind you of federal special education maintenance of effort requirements.  Districts are required to maintain state and local funding amounts equal to or greater than the previous year unless the district has allowable exceptions.  This requirement remains in effect.  If effort is not maintained and there are not allowable exceptions, federal law requires that the district must make repayment of the difference.

Please call or write for additional information.

Thank you for your consideration and I wish you all a successful school year.



Dick Trerise, Assistant State Director
Special Education Division
Montana Office of Public Instruction

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