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. 

For more information on IDEA, visit:

IDEA Web site

Snapshot of IDEA Funds