IDEA Fiscal Forum

November 2-4, 2016 | Denver, Colorado

The IDEA Fiscal Forum is designed to increase the capacity of state staff to meet their obligation to ensure appropriate use and oversight of IDEA funds and to collect and report special education fiscal data. Along with plenary presentations, learning sessions and working sessions will bring state leadership and fiscal staff together with TA providers and OSEP staff to share practices, successes, and challenges.

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Helping states to improve their capacity to report special education fiscal data

What We Do

The Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting (CIFR) at WestEd provides technical assistance to state educational agencies (SEAs) to help them meet their federal obligation to collect and report special education fiscal data. The specific reporting requirements supported by the CIFR are:  maintenance of state financial support (MFS), local educational agency (LEA) maintenance of effort (MOE) reduction, and coordinated early intervening service (CEIS) provision.

How State Educational Agencies (SEAs) Benefit

  • Increased state staff knowledge of the underlying fiscal requirements and the calculations necessary to submit valid and reliable data on LEA MOE/CEIS and state MFS
  • Increased state capacity to collect and report these data

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New! LEA MOE Calculator

Developed by CIFR, the Local Educational Agency (LEA) Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Calculator allows SEAs and LEAs to determine whether the LEA MOE eligibility (budget) and compliance (expenditure) standards have been met by any of the four methods permitted by IDEA.


MFS Toolkit

The Maintenance of State Financial Support (MFS) Toolkit contains four tools to help SEAs with MFS: the Quick Reference Guide (QRG), the Funding Flow Ideograph Tool (FFIT), the Timeline Development Tool (TDT), and the Data Collection and Reporting Tool (DCRT).