Southeast Comprehensive Center's June Bulletin Reviews the SECC Response to Intervention (RtI) Funding Models Summit

The June SECC e-Bulletin focuses on Response to Intervention and the progress being made in each of the SECC states on this promising practice. In February, 2009, the SECC convened key leaders from SEAs in six southeastern states to discuss various approaches to funding RtI during a summit held in Atlanta, Georgia. Participants attended an interactive session by representatives of various offices in the U.S. Department of Education (Title I, Title III, and the Office of Special Education Programs) to gain insight into fiscal policies that support the implementation of RtI and what is allowable under specific provisions of federal law. In addition, states and local education agencies (LEAs) that have extensive practical experience with RtI implementation, such as Iowa, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, as well as experts that are nationally recognized for their work with RtI systems (e.g., National Center on Response to Intervention) discussed the fiscal aspects of RtI implementation. State Education Agency (SEA) staff also networked with colleagues who are implementing RtI in the southeast region and participated in meaningful discussions around using various funding methods to implement RtI. This edition of the SECC e-Bulletin discusses the lessons learned from the summit.