The federal law governing special education, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), provides funding for specially designed instruction for students with disabilities and the monitoring of their progress.
Distribution: Funding is distributed to school districts based on the number of students with individualized education plans.
Use of Funds: IDEA funds are used to provide early intervention, special education, and related services, including assistive technology. Up to 15% of IDEA funds can be used to implement a response to intervention (RTI) program, which provides supplemental instruction to assist students before they are given an individualized education plan.
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