Mifflin County School District

Study: Systemic Failure in IDEA Implementation for Private School Students with Disabilities in Additional States

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 2:00pm

IDEA requires states to ensure that all public-school students aged 3-21 who have disabilities receive a "free and appropriate education."

Key Points: 
  • IDEA requires states to ensure that all public-school students aged 3-21 who have disabilities receive a "free and appropriate education."
  • The federal government appropriates IDEA funding for the states, which then appropriate the money among local school districts.
  • A "proportionate" share of the funds is to be spent on private school students who attend school within the school district's geographic boundaries.
  • The law permits states to use their own money to offer special education services to private school students in addition to those required by IDEA.