In an October 9, 2019, BSE Director Carole L. Clancy disseminated a memo via PennLink titled Training in Response to Recent Changes by the Federal Office of Special Education Programs. The memo states that the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has oversight of states’ compliance with federal special education regulations and requirements. A component of OSEP’s compliance monitoring verification visits is a fiscal verification review. Part of that fiscal verification includes a review of the use of funds for coordinated early intervening services, maintenance of effort, and general use of federal, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B (IDEA-B), funds.
To assist local education agencies (LEAs) with these components of the federal on-site visits, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is providing training to familiarize special education directors and business administrators with clarifying information. This training will address three topics: IDEA Fiscal Programming, Contingency Funding, and Approved Private School Electronic Management System (New Enrollment System for Approved Private Schools/Chartered Schools for the Blind and Deaf). Each school district and charter school is required to send participants to this training. Because the training is highlighting the fiscal program data verifications associated with the IDEA-B fiscal reporting requirements, it is strongly recommended that the participants representing your LEA be your special education director and business administrator. If a school district or charter school contracts for business services, its contracted business representative should attend as well. This training will be held at the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) offices as well as Intermediate Units 4, 20, 26, and 29. Register at www.pattan.net for the following training sessions: Monday, October 28th at PaTTAN West, October 29th at IU 4, and October 31st at IU 26. Questions regarding the fiscal training should be directed to Dr. Del Hart, Chief, Division of Analysis & Financial Reporting, at 717.772.1114 or email@example.com. Questions about registration should be directed to Sharon Kennedy at PaTTAN-Harrisburg at 717.901.2265, 800.360.7282 (in PA only), or firstname.lastname@example.org.