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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools and Directors of Special Education


FROM:              J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner

DATE:              July 5, 2001

RE:                   EF-S-08 Local Entitlement Application (2001-2002), P.L. 105-17, Part B, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act


     The enclosed Local Entitlement Application (EF-S-08) is to be used in requesting approval of your plan for the expenditure of Local Entitlement funds under P.L. 105-17, Part B, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.


     The Local Entitlement Application (EF-S-08) consists of:


            Part I:  Cover sheet, including a certification and signature portion

            Part II:  Program Budget

            Part III:  Payment Schedule Report

            Part IV:  Program Description

            Part V:  Required Policies, Procedures and Assurances


     The amount of Local Entitlement funds (Part I, page 1, Item 2) to be received by the School Administrative Unit is based on the base year (FY2000).  Funds are distributed on basis of the base year (FY2000) award to the unit; 85% of the remaining funds available to the unit are distributed on the number of students enrolled in public and private schools (elementary and secondary) within the units jurisdiction, plus 15% of the remaining funds are distributed based on the number of children living in poverty in the unit.


     The deadline for receipt of the EF-S-08 Local Entitlement Application is August 15, 2001.  Payment of local entitlement funds will begin once all components of the application have been received and approved by the Office of Special Services.


     If you should have any program questions regarding the local entitlement application, please contact John Kierstead, Coordinator, Office of Special Services, at 624-6650.