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Special Education for Private School Students

Students Placed by Parents

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state law require Districts to make special education services available for children with disabilities placed in nonprofit private elementary and secondary schools, including religious schools. The law requires a District to spend a proportionate amount of its IDEA Part B funds to provide services. The types of special education services Districts make available is discussed first in consultation with private schools and representatives of parents to determine which children with disabilities will be designated to receive services.

  • Frequently Asked Questions
    This Questions and Answers document contains information about providing equitable special education services for children placed by parents in private schools. Topics include consultation with parents and schools, child find and evaluation, types of services, dispute resolution, and uses of federal special education funds. To find a topic quickly, look at the Table of Contents beginning on page 4.

Students Placed by IEP Teams

Oregon public school districts and IEP teams may place children in private schools as a method of providing a Free Appropriate Public Education FAPE).

Private schools providing these services to school districts must meet and maintain specific state and public education standards and be approved by the Oregon Department of Education.

RaeAnn Ray