Part B - Maintenance of State Financial Support (MFS)
Letter to Koch
This letter responds to questions from the Illinois State Board of Education regarding whether proposed language for Illinois education appropriations is consistent with the provisions related to maintenance of state financial support (MFS) in IDEA. Given the appropriations language, the state asks if they would be penalized for not meeting MFS requirements if a local education agency (including a state-authorized charter school) fails to expend the amount allocated by the state for special education and related services. The letter explains the history and purpose of the MFS requirement and responds to the state’s question.
U.S. Department of EducationOffice of Special Education Programs (OSEP)