Tuition Reimbursement: DEPT OF ED REIMBURSEMENT FOR SETSS TEACHER

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Lisa: My son goes to a small private school that does not have special ed services in-house. The DOE gave us a list of DOE-approved SETSS teachers and told us it was our responsibility to hire one of them to implement his IEP order. After several months, we are unable to find someone on their list who is both qualified in dyslexia teaching methods and is available. So it seems that if we want our son to get help, we will need to hire a private tutor. How do we get the DOE to reimburse us for hiring a teacher who is not on the DOE SETSS teacher list?

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It sounds like you’re in NYC. You’ll need to hire an advocate or attorney to do this. You will need to ask for an enhanced rate of reimbursement. Many Orton-Gillingham trained teachers charge about $100-150/hour but the DOE does not reimburse more than about $40/hour, so you will have to take the DOE to an impartial to make up the difference. If you do not have the financial means to hire someone try calling NYLPI. http://www.nylpi.org/