Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

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. 

IDEA Website