The Office for Exceptional Children has received some inquiries regarding whether IDEA Part B funds, including the American Rescue Plan IDEA funds, may be used to fund the professional development and screening requirements that school districts must meet under the recently implemented Dyslexia Support laws.
It has not been determined or approved that district-wide professional development opportunities are allowable costs under IDEA Part B. Further clarification on the professional development requirements from the Ohio Dyslexia Committee will establish whether these professional development activities may be allowable under IDEA Part B.
Universal screenings for all students are not allowable as the universal screenings are not a special education cost but rather a district-wide expenditure. Because the Dyslexia guidebook is still being developed, the office recommends that districts do not plan to use IDEA Part B funds or American Rescue Plan IDEA funds for the dyslexia professional development and screening requirements until notified by the Office for Exceptional Children of that allowable cost.
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posted November 4, 2021