Iowa Admin. Code r. 281-41.907 - Program costs

(1) Nonresident individual. Subject to subrule 41.131(6), the program costs charged by an LEA or an AEA for an instructional program for a nonresident eligible individual shall be the actual costs incurred in providing that program.
(2) Contracted special education. An AEA or LEA may make provisions for resident eligible individuals through contracts with public or private agencies that provide appropriate and approved special education. The program costs charged by or paid to a public or private agency for special education instructional programs shall be the actual costs incurred in providing that program.
(3) LEA responsibility. The resident LEA shall be liable only for instructional costs incurred by an agency for those individuals certified as eligible in accordance with these rules unless required by 34 CFR Section 300.104.
(4) Support service funds. Support service funds may not be utilized to supplement any special education programs authorized to use special education instructional funds generated through the weighting plan.
(5) Responsibility for special education for children living in a foster care facility or treatment facility.
a. Eligible individuals who are living in a licensed individual or agency child foster care facility, as defined in Iowa Code section 237.1, or in an unlicensed relative foster care placement shall remain enrolled in and attend an accredited school in the school district in which the child resided and is enrolled at the time of placement, unless it is determined by the juvenile court or a public or private agency of this state that has responsibility for the child's placement that remaining in such school is not in the best interests of the child. If such a determination is made, the child may be enrolled in the district in which the child is placed and not in the district in which the child resided prior to receiving foster care. The costs of the special education required by this chapter shall be paid, in either case, by the school district of residence of the eligible individual.
b. For eligible individuals who are living in a facility as defined in Iowa Code section 125.2, the LEA in which the facility is located must provide special education if the facility does not maintain a school. The costs of the special education shall be paid by the school district of residence of the eligible individual.
c. If the school district of residence of the eligible individual cannot be determined and this individual is not included in the weighted enrollment of any LEA in the state, the LEA in which the facility is located may certify the costs to the director of education by August 1 of each year for the preceding fiscal year Payment shall be made from the general fund of the state.
(6) Responsibility for special education for individuals after termination of parental rights. For eligible individuals placed by the district court, and for whom parental rights have been terminated by the district court, the LEA in which the facility or home is located must provide special education. Costs shall be certified to the director of education by August 1 of each year for the preceding fiscal year by the director of the AEA in which this individual has been placed. Payment shall be made from the general fund of the state.
(7) Proper use of special education instructional and support service funds. Special education instructional funds generated through the weighting plan may be utilized to provide special education instructional services both in state and out of state with the exceptions of itinerant instructional services under subrule 41.410(1) and special education consultant services which shall utilize special education support service funds for both in-state and out-of-state placements.
(8) Funding of ECSE instructional options. Eligible individuals below the age of six may be designated as full-time or part-time students depending on the needs of the child. Funding shall be based on individual needs as determined by the lEP team. Special education instructional funds generated through the weighting plan can be used to pay tuition, transportation, and other necessary special education costs, but shall not be used to provide child care.
a. Full-time ECSE instructional services shall include 20 hours or more of instruction per week. The total hours of participation in special education and general education may be combined to constitute a full-time program.
b. Part-time ECSE instructional services shall include up to 20 hours of instruction per week. The total hours of participation in special education and general education may be combined to constitute a part-time program.
c. Funds under 20 U.S.C. Chapter 33, Part C, may be used to provide TAPE, in accordance with these rules, to eligible individuals from their third birthday to the beginning of the following school year.
(9) Funding for instructional services. After an LEA board approves a delivery system for instructional services as described in subrule 41.408(2), the director, in accordance with Iowa Code sections 256B.9 and 273.5, will assign the appropriate special education weighting to each eligible individual by designating a level of service. The level of service refers to the relationship between the general education program and specially designed instruction for an eligible individual. The level of service is determined based on an eligible individual's educational need and independent of the environment in which the specially designed instruction is provided. The level of service assigned shall not be a factor in a services or placement decision, and shall be made only after those decisions have been made. One of three levels of service shall be assigned by the director:
a. Level I. A level of service that provides specially designed instruction for a limited portion or part of the educational program. A majority of the general education program is appropriate. This level of service includes modifications and adaptations to the general education program. (Reference Iowa Code section 256B.9(1) "b")
b. Level II A level of service that provides specially designed instruction for a majority of the educational program. This level of service includes substantial modifications, adaptations, and special education accommodations to the general education program. (Reference Iowa Code section 256B.9(1) "c")
c. Level III A level of service that provides specially designed instruction for most or all of the educational program. This level of service requires extensive redesign of curriculum and substantial modification of instructional techniques, strategies and materials. (Reference Iowa Code section 256B.9(1) "d")
(10) Procedures for billing under subrules 41.907(5) and 41.907(6). The department may establish procedures by which it determines which district initially pays the costs of special education and related services and seeks reimbursement in situations where a parent of a child cannot be located, parental rights have been terminated, or parents are deceased.

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Iowa Admin. Code r. 281-41.907
ARC 8387B, lAB 12/16/09, effective 1/20/10

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