Public Comment Process Required on LEA Special Education Funding Plans
Prior to the start of each school year, districts and community schools are required to conduct public hearings on how they intend to spend their Part B funds for special education. In addition to presenting a spending plan for these funds, the hearing must include an opportunity for public comments and input from program participants and parents regarding the usage of these funds. Schools must document that the meeting occurred and that it was adequately advertised in advance through news releases, flyers or other public communication.
To ensure Ohio complies with this federal requirement, districts and community schools must maintain and present the required documents for review by the ODE-OEC, or to a state auditor during the audit of a district. For additional information about this process or requirement, contact Naim Sanders at (614) 644-6083 or Naim.Sanders@education.ohio.gov.