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Guidance on Parentally-placed Private School Children with Disabilities


The USDE Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has provided guidance regarding the obligations of states and local education agencies (LEA) to parentally-placed private school children with disabilities under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) regulations, effective Oct. 13, 2006.

The focus of the OSEP guidance is to provide assistance to states and local education agencies in complying with requirements of IDEA 2004 regulations including:

(1) agency responsibility for providing equitable special education and related services to parentally-placed private school children with disabilities, and

(2) determination of proportionate amount of Federal funds to be expended by an LEA for such children attending private schools located in their district.

The TEA Division of Federal and State Education Policy has developed additional guidance specific to Texas in a question and answer format.

State Resources:

TEA Frequently Asked Questions Resource 

Proportionate Share Calculation 

PEIMS Guidance on Parentally-Placed Private School Students with Disabilities

National Resources:

Children Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools

OSEP Questions and Answers On Serving Children With Disabilities Placed by Their Parents at Private Schools

Related Requirements in Rules and Regulations:

§89.1096. Provision of Services for Students Placed by their Parents in Private Schools or Facilities

Technical Assistance:

Technical assistance concerning this topic can be obtained from the regional education service centers.



Division of Federal and State Education Policy

1701 North Congress Avenue | Austin, Texas 78701-1494

Telephone: 512.463.9414 | Fax: 512.463.9560


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