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ERIC Number: ED529846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Financial Responsibility for Students with Disabilities: A Special Case. inForum
Keller-Allen, Chandra
Project Forum
This policy analysis addresses situations when students with disabilities are placed by a noneducational agency outside the boundaries of their district of residence. Examples of such placements include foster or group homes, correctional facilities or residential treatment programs. For a typical student with a disability residing with his or her parents or legal guardians, educational placement decisions, including residential placements, are made by the individualized education program (IEP) team. However, there are instances when students with disabilities may be placed in a facility or home outside the district of residence by a noneducational agency--department of social services, department of corrections or the court system--for reasons other than an educational program without consultation or even notification of the IEP team. Financial responsibility for these students' special education and related services may be unclear. Project Forum surveyed all state and nonstate jurisdiction education agencies (SEAs) in May and June of 2008 to collect information on how states determine which entity is financially responsible for a special education student's free appropriate public education (FAPE) when that student is placed outside of his or her district of residence by a noneducational agency. The survey was distributed to state directors of special education with the option to respond via an online survey site, email attachment, or fax. Surveys were completed by state directors of special education or their designee. Thirty-nine out of sixty possible SEAs (65%) responded to the survey. The survey questions are displayed in Appendix A. The result of analysis of the survey responses and materials provided by the states are provided in the following sections. Appended are: (1) Survey Questions; and (2) Related State Resources Provided Online. (Contains 2 tables.)
Project Forum. Available from: National Association of State Directors of Special Education. 1800 Diagonal Road Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800; Fax: 703-519-3808; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), Project Forum