Memorandum Regarding Maintenance of Effort and Support Requirements Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004
May 7, 2016 - less than 1 minute
In 2004, the U.S. Congress passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, which was a reauthorization of the 1975 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Title I of the reauthorization contains the amendments passed in 2004. For the purposes of this paper, the acronym IDEA will apply to Title I of the 2004 reauthorization.
There are three primary financial principles that frame the requirements states and districts must follow under IDEA. These are known as “supplement not supplant,” “maintenance of support,” and “maintenance of effort.” Although these three principles are distinct, they are also interrelated. This memorandum defines these terms and describes how they interact to define how states allocate funding for special education. A description of Connecticut’s practices in maintaining adherence to federal guidelines is also featured in the memorandum.
Connecticut School Finance Project. (2016). Memorandum Regarding Maintenance of Effort and Support Requirements Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004. New Haven, CT: Author. Retrieved from http://ctschoolfinance.org/assets/uploads/files/Memo-on-Maintenance-of-Effort-and-Support.pdf.