There’s information about stimulus spending all over the place, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out where the best resources are. Here’s a list of some of the links I find myself turning to frequently when I’m writing federal stimulus and special education stories:
The original fact sheet for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: IDEA Recovery Funds for Services to Children and Youths with Disabilities
The first guidance document from the Department of Education: Implementing the Recovery Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B (pdf)
A document that came out a few days after the original guidance, explaining some more provisions related to maintenance of effort: Implementing the Recovery Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B, Guidance Modifications (pdf)
The Council for Exceptional Children has put out a great Q&A document: How the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Impacts Special Education and Early Intervention
And of course, it never hurts to go right back to the source, the 2004 Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, statute and regulations. This site has a decent search function (Part C information has been “coming soon” for years, though.) But you never have to take someone else’s word for it when it comes to provisions in the law.
Are there other good resources that special education people should be aware of?
A version of this news article first appeared in the On Special Education blog.