Private Placement: IEP SERVICES FOR STUDENTS VOLUNTARILY IN PRIVATE SCHOOL

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Fay: Is a school district required to write and fulfill IEP services for children who voluntarily enroll in private school? If yes… the child lives in School District A, and attends a school that is physically located in Town B (with an associated School District B) but the private school is in a neighborhood zoned to School District C. Which district provides the IEP? All locations are in California.

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Jill G

Fay-
Under IDEA, private school students have significantly less rights than public school students.
Private school students are entitled to evaluation for special education eligibility. If found eligible, however, they are NOT entitled to an IEP. Instead they receive a Services Plan that lists the supports that the local school district MAY provide. The responsible school district is the one that has jurisdiction over the area where the private school is located.
Some states provide additional rights to private school students, but it looks like California follows federal law here. You can contact your local parent center to learn more about how Service Plans are created and what rights you do have.

Thank you!

bwells

what is a “local parent center”?

Marcus

A parent center is where parents who are having issues relating to special services needed for their kids. They go there to get additional help needed.
Chuck frequently mentions going here.

Chuck

Not sure. Each state has at least one parent training & information (PTI)project funded by the federal dept. of education. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center This could be referring to that or local ones not part of the state PTI. TX has a # of parent projects not associated with the PTI.

Anne

Question: are you saying the student is not entitled to an IEP because the student is enrolled in a private school? Could you please cite the law and/or code related to this?

Chuck

See 300.130 -.144

Anne

Where does it say a district does NOT have to keep writing IEPs for a student in a private school?

Chuck

See IDEA regulations at 300.130-144. Your state parent training & information project can provide you more info on this. https://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/