Exceptional Student Education

The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services administers programs for students with disabilities. Additionally, the bureau coordinates student services throughout the state and participates in multiple inter-agency efforts designed to strengthen the quality and variety of services available to students with special needs.

Our Mission

The mission of exceptional student education in Florida, a committed alliance for the development of the unique gifts of each exceptional person, is to ensure the achievement of each and every individual's extraordinary purpose by expanding opportunities through collaboration of families, professionals, and communities who guarantee the highest expectations and individual success.

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Topics of Special Interest

  • Annual State Application for IDEA, Part B - FFY 2017 (PDF): In order to receive a grant under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), states must submit an application annually. The public participation requirements relevant to Part B are set forth in the Part B regulations at 34 CFR 300.165 and in section 441(b)(7) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA). States are required to make the Part B Application available to the public for a period of 60 days, and accept comments for a period of at least 30 days. Florida’s Part B Application for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 was made available from March 3, 2017 to May 2, 2017. Comments were accepted between March 3, 2017 and April 2, 2017. For the benefit of the public interest, the application is still available for public viewing.  Any questions regarding the application may be submitted in writing to the IDEA Program Manager, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 614, Tallahassee, Florida 32399; via email to the IDEA grant mailbox IDEAGrant@fldoe.org or via fax at 850-245-0953.
  • FFY 2015 Part B State Performance Plan (SPP)/ Annual Performance Report (APR) (PDF)
  • Annual State Application for IDEA, Part B - FY 2015 (PDF)

State and Federal Laws