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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 8. Education
Agency 20. State Board of Education
Chapter 81. Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia

8VAC20-81-280. Funding, withholding, and recovery of funds.

A. The Virginia Department of Education shall disburse funds to local educational agencies for the education of children with disabilities, aged two to 21, inclusive, when they provide documentation of compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. (34 CFR 300.200)

B. If documentation of compliance is not submitted or is inadequate, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall provide reasonable notice to the local educational agency that state and federal funds will not be available for reimbursement for special education programs and services. (34 CFR 300.155 and 34 CFR 300.221)

1. The notification shall include the substance of the alleged violation, and the local educational agency shall be given an opportunity to submit a written response; and

2. The local educational agency shall have the right to appeal to the Virginia Board of Education under 8VAC20-81-290.

C. Whenever the Virginia Board of Education, in its discretion, determines that a local educational agency fails to establish and maintain programs of free and appropriate public education that comply with the regulations established by the board, the board may withhold all state and federal funds for the education of eligible children with disabilities and may use the payments that would have been available to such local educational agency to provide special education, directly or by contract, to eligible children with disabilities in such manner as the board considers appropriate. (§ 22.1-214 E of the Code of Virginia)

D. If the Superintendent of Public Instruction, after reasonable notice and opportunity for a hearing under 8VAC20-81-290, finds that a local educational agency has failed to comply with the state and federal laws and regulations and determines that compliance cannot be secured by voluntary means, the Superintendent shall issue a decision in writing stating that state and federal funds for the education of eligible children with disabilities shall not be made available to that local educational agency until it complies with the state and federal laws and regulations. (34 CFR 300.155 and 34 CFR 300.222)

E. If there is evidence that a child has been erroneously classified and thereby counted as eligible for state and federal special education funds and such evidence is challenged by the local educational agency, the foregoing due process procedures shall apply. (34 CFR 300.155, 34 CFR 300.221 and 34 CFR 300.222)

F. If it is determined that such funds have been erroneously claimed, the Virginia Department of Education shall bill the local educational agency for the amount of funds improperly received and withhold an equal amount of state or federal funds for the following year if not repaid by the local educational agency. (34 CFR 300.155, 34 CFR 300.221 and 34 CFR 300.222)

G. Any local educational agency in receipt of a notice, as described in subsection B of this section, shall provide public notice to the local educational agency's jurisdiction regarding pendency of the action. (34 CFR 300.222)

Statutory Authority

§§ 22.1-16 and 22.1-214 of the Code of Virginia; 20 USC § 1400 et seq.; 34 CFR Part 300.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 21, eff. July 7, 2009; Errata, 26:4 VA.R. 447-448 October 26, 2009.

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