On July 6, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education granted West Virginia’s request for a waiver in the amount of $491,580, reflecting reduction in the state’s support for the high acuity fund for students with disabilities, a fund providing reimbursement to districts for high cost students on an individual basis, and for West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. School district entitlements for special education were not affected. The waiver was granted only for fiscal year 2009-2010.
The WVDE ensured students with disabilities continued to receive a free, appropriate public education during the waiver year. Additional federal funds for students with disabilities provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment during FY10 not only assisted LEAs with maintaining existing special education services but also contributed to increased opportunities for students.
Improved state revenue projections enabled the West Virginia Legislature during its 2011 session to restore FY11 funding for students with disabilities to the level prior to the waiver, thus assuring maintenance of state financial support. Additionally, the budget for fiscal year 2012 was increased, providing additional funding to the department for high acuity students with disabilities.
West Virginia’s original waiver request, additional documentation provided at the end of the fiscal year and the U. S. Department of Education’s letter granting the waiver are posted for public review. Please direct any questions to Dr. Sandra McQuain, Assistant Director, Office of Special Programs at (304) 558-2696 or firstname.lastname@example.org.