Services: WHICH DISTRICT DELIVERS SPED SERVICES IN PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS?

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Barb:  Which district is responsible for delivering special education services when the child’s residence is in one district but the parochial school is located in another district?

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Jill G

Barb –

Under federal law, the district where the private school is located is responsible for servicing students in private schools. Most states follow this rule, as well as the obligation to provide services via a services plan rather than an IEP.

Some states, however, have different arrangements. For example, here in Massachusetts eligible private school students receive an IEP and the district of residence is the one with the responsibility.

Your local parent center can help you determine if your state follows IDEA on this, or has some other arrangement under state special education law: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/.