ESEA Insider News - Page 47

  • Systemic changes can prevent ethnic disparity

    In the long run ethnic disproportionality in special education must be addressed by changing common practices that precipitate all referrals for evaluation – a daunting task that will ripple throughout your education agency.

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  • Keeping expenditures of federal funds ‘reasonable’

    When federal regulations stipulate that costs must be “reasonable,” does that mean that the purchase of a product or service must make sense or that the actual dollars spent must not be excessive? It’s both, actually.

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  • Ethnic disparity: Calculating, then intervening

    It’s one thing to calculate possible ethnic disproportionality but quite another to remedy the problem. Both tasks are necessary not only for compliance but, more importantly, to reduce educational inequities.

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  • Standards for federal cost allowance

    Failing to follow regulatory allowances in expenditures for federal programs can readily result in non-complaint findings, embarrassment, and financial penalties. It is always best to be conservative, when interpreting the regulations.

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  • Assessing ethnic disproportionality

    While disproportionality may apply to multiple circumstances, ethnic disparity is consistently monitored by the U.S. Department of Education along with state agencies. Program managers should be  familiar with the regulatory measures.

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