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Special Education

IDEA Equitable Services for Students with Disabilities Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools

DESE Guidance

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Administrative Advisory SPED 2018-1: Guidance and Workbook for Calculating and Providing Proportionate Share Services for Students with Disabilities Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools — Revised July 2018

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DESE IDEA Equitable Services Presentation: Presentation includes the following topics: Background and Context, Consultation, Child Find, Child Count, Calculation, Evaluations, Eligibility, Services Plans, and Expenditures.

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DESE Federal Grant Programs, Guidance to IDEA by Topic, including Maintenance of Effort: Administrative Advisory, Excess Costs and Maintenance of Effort: Technical Assistance Advisory

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DESE Federal Grant Programs, Resources for Program Directors including Allowable Costs for IDEA Entitlement Grants, IDEA Fund Code 240 Quick Reference Guide, IDEA Fund Code 262 Quick Reference Guide, and IDEA Proportionate Share Quick Reference Guide

Memos

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June 22, 2018 Memo from Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner. Re: IDEA Proportionate share calculations for FY18 and FY19

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June 8, 2018 Memo from Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner. Re: DESE's appointment of an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ombudsperson

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June 22, 2017 Memo from Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner. Re: Proportionate Share Calculation for School Year Expenditures

Sample Documents

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Sample IDEA Equitable Services Proportionate Share Calculation (Fund Codes 240 and 262)

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Draft Sample Consultation Invitation — Includes Child Find Notices

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Sample Written Affirmation (Administrative Advisory SPED 2018-1, page 21)

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Draft Sample Letter — For use when private schools could not attend the consultation meeting

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Draft Sample Letter — For use when parents of homeschooled student could not attend the consultation meeting

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Sample Written Affirmation (Administrative Advisory SPED 2018-1, page 21)

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IDEA Proportionate Share Quick Reference Guide

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Draft Quick Reference Guide for private school representatives, parents of parentally-placed private school students, and parents of homeschool students

Federal Resources

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Questions and Answers On Serving Children With Disabilities Placed by Their Parents at Private Schools: A question and answer (Q&A) document prepared by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) to address some of the most important issues raised by requests for clarification on a variety of high-interest topics for serving children with disabilities placed by their parents in private schools.

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Provisions Related to Children With Disabilities Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools: An informational booklet explaining the provisions related to, and benefits available to, children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private schools, including religious schools.

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Provisions Related to Children With Disabilities Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools. The U.S. Department of Education webpage.

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Office of Non-Public Education (ONPE): Guidance, Technical Assistance, and Laws and Regulations


Last Updated: June 13, 2019
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