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Special Education Circuit Breaker and Related Programs

7061-0012

funding levels adjusted for inflation (CPI)

  • Funding History
  • Description
  • Proposals
Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 $281,231,181 $281,231,181
FY17 $283,489,484 $277,281,180
FY16 $282,967,605 $271,722,425
FY15 $265,659,173 $253,400,576
FY14 $266,600,854 $252,489,224
FY13 $259,424,844 $241,932,288
FY12 $232,375,639 $213,119,160
FY11 $149,409,932 $133,119,160
FY10 $152,373,850 $133,119,160
FY09 $249,077,168 $215,481,683
FY08 $257,890,662 $220,025,000
FY07 $252,445,307 $207,675,000
FY06 $251,461,060 $201,625,262
FY05 $260,927,948 $201,600,262
FY04 $162,113,950 $121,600,262
FY03 $96,163,964 $70,575,000
FY02 $91,439,357 $65,661,089
FY01 $93,213,818 $65,770,663
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Funding for Special Education Circuit Breaker and Related Programs
9.1%

comparisons adjusted for inflation (CPI)

Notes

  • Funding for Special Education for State Wards was a distinct line item in FY01-FY02, and was then incorporated into funding for the Special Education Circuit Breaker in FY03.
  • Use caution comparing funding for this line item FY09-FY10. In FY10, funding for information technology was taken out of this line item and shifted to a centralized information technology account. The exact amount of this accounting change is not available.

* Funding and comparison information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.

The Special Education Circuit Breaker program reimburses local school districts for a portion of their costs for educating severely high-needs special education students. The state reimburses a portion of district costs above a certain threshold and the precise reimbursement formula changes year-to-year depending on the total amount allocated in a given year and on the level of claims statewide.

The Circuit Breaker program was started in FY 2004. The threshold for eligibility is reached when districts spend four times the state average foundation budget on a student as calculated under the Chapter 70 education funding formula. The circuit breaker program aims to pay 75 percent of the costs above that threshold, but for several years during the recent economic downturn, reimbursement rates were below the 75 percent level. Between FY 2011 and FY 2015 the reimbursement rate averaged 73 percent.

Included in this funding is an earmark for a special program run with the Dept. of Developmental Services (DDS). The intent of this program is to allow students to return home from a residential placement or prevent students from moving into residential placements. Funded at $6.5 million in FY 2017, this program supports children receiving special education who are also eligible for services from DDS, who live at home, and are between the ages of 6 and 17 at the time of enrollment.

Updated August 2016

Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 GAA $281,231,181 $281,231,181
FY18 Leg $281,231,181 $281,231,181
FY18 Sen $294,390,396 $294,390,396
FY18 SWM $293,740,396 $293,740,396
FY18 Hou $281,281,181 $281,281,181
FY18 HWM $281,281,181 $281,281,181
FY18 Gov $277,281,180 $277,281,180
FY17 $283,489,484 $277,281,180

Notes

  • Funding for Special Education for State Wards was a distinct line item in FY01-FY02, and was then incorporated into funding for the Special Education Circuit Breaker in FY03.
  • Use caution comparing funding for this line item FY09-FY10. In FY10, funding for information technology was taken out of this line item and shifted to a centralized information technology account. The exact amount of this accounting change is not available.

* Funding information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.