THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
ALBANY, NY 12234
SED seal 

September 2007

Available in PDF Format for Printing

TO:
District Superintendent
  Superintendents of Schools
  Presidents of Boards of Education
  New York City Board of Education
  Principals of Public Schools                      
  Directors of Pupil Personnel Services
  Administrators of Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools
 
Organizations, Parents and Individuals Concerned with Special Education
  Impartial Hearing Officers                              
  Commissioner’s Advisory Panel for Special Education Services
FROM:
James P. DeLorenzo  Signature of James P. Delorenzo
SUBJECT:
Chapter 378 of the Laws of 2007 - Guidance on Parentally Placed Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary School Students with Disabilities Pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 and New York State (NYS) Education Law Section 3602-c

The purpose of this memorandum is to inform school districts of their responsibilities to provide special education services to students with disabilities who are enrolled in nonpublic elementary or secondary schools by their parents beginning with the 2007-08 school year and thereafter pursuant to section 3602-c of Education Law, as amended by Chapter 378 of the Laws of 2007.  This memorandum replaces the guidance issued in April 2007 entitled Revised Interim Guidance on Parentally Placed Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary School Students with Disabilities Pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 and New York State (NYS) Education Law Section 3602-c. 

Chapter 378 of the Laws of 2007 was signed into law on July 18, 2007.  This Chapter of Laws includes amendments to section 3602-c of Education Law relating to the education of students with disabilities who are parentally placed in nonpublic elementary and secondary schools.  Section 3602-c of Education Law was amended to comply with section 612(a)(10) of IDEA, as reauthorized in 2004, and federal regulations in 34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) sections 300.130 to 300.147 to require the public school district where the nonpublic school is located to provide students with disabilities enrolled in nonpublic elementary and secondary schools by their parents with special education services.  Changes to State law were made to the extent necessary to comply with federal requirements while still preserving the provisions of preexisting law that entitled all students enrolled in nonpublic elementary and secondary schools by their parents who were residents of the State to have access to those special education services they would have received if they attended public school.  Attachment 4 provides a copy of the statutory language in section 3602-c, as amended by Chapter 358 of the Laws of 2007, effective June 30, 2007.

The information in this memorandum does not apply to students with disabilities:

The attached guidance describes the responsibilities of the school district where a nonpublic school is located regarding:

Attachment 3 to this memorandum includes a sample letter to parents who place their children in nonpublic schools.  We encourage all school districts to take steps to inform parents of these new requirements using information provided in this sample letter.
         
Questions regarding this memorandum may be directed to the Special Education Policy Unit at 518-473-2878, the Office for Nonpublic School Services at (518) 474-3879, or to the Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) Office at:

Central Regional Office

(315) 428-3287

Eastern Regional Office

(518) 486-6366

Hudson Valley Regional Office

(518) 473-1185 or (914) 245-0010

Long Island Regional Office

(631) 884-8530

New York City Regional Office

(718) 722-4544

Western Regional Office

(585) 344-2002


Attachment 1: Guidance on Parentally Placed Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary School Students with Disabilities Pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 and NYS Education Law Section 3602-c

Attachment 2: Sample Form: Written Affirmation of Consultation with Nonpublic School Representatives Concerning Special Education Services

Attachment 3: Sample Letter to Parents Who Place Their Children in Nonpublic Schools

Attachment 4: Section 3602-c, as amended by Chapter 378 of the Laws of 2007 



Attachment 1

Guidance on Parentally Placed Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary School Students with Disabilities Pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 and New York State (NYS) Education Law Section 3602-c

Education Law section 3602-c, as amended by Chapter 378 of the Laws of 2007, establishes New York State’s (NYS) requirements relating to the provision of special education to students with disabilities enrolled in nonpublic elementary and secondary schools by their parents.  Under the provisions of section 3602-c, students with disabilities placed by their parents in nonpublic schools are entitled to receive special education services in accordance with an individualized education services program (IESP) from the public school district in which the nonpublic school is located while they receive general education from the nonpublic school where their parents enrolled them. 

Federal regulation (34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) section 300.130) defines parentally placed private (or nonpublic) school children with disabilities as "children with disabilities enrolled by their parents in private, including religious, schools or facilities that meet the definition of elementary or secondary school, other than children with disabilities covered under 34 CFR 300.145-147 – “Placement of children by parents if free appropriate public education (FAPE) is at issue."

For the purpose of this memorandum:

District of location means the school district within whose boundaries a nonpublic elementary or secondary school is located.

District of residence means the school district where the student legally resides.

Elementary or secondary school means a school providing an education program to students in one or more grades Kindergarten through grade twelve. 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

I.     Consultation Requirements

II.    Child Find Requirements

III.    Parent Consent

IV.  Provision of Special Education Services

- Students who are residents of NYS

- Students who reside outside of NYS

V.    Data Collection and Reporting

VI.  Proportionate Share of Federal Dollars

VII.  Questions and Answers


I.        CONSULTATION REQUIREMENTS

The school district of location must consult with nonpublic school representatives and representatives of parents of parentally placed nonpublic school students with disabilities enrolled in nonpublic elementary and secondary schools located within the boundaries of the school district during the design and development of special education and related services for students with disabilities and throughout the school year to ensure that parentally placed nonpublic school students identified through the child find process can meaningfully participate in the special education and related services.  The school district must engage in consultation regarding the child find process, provision of special education services, and use of federal funds.  Consultation is not specific to individual students.  Individual services are determined by the Committee on Special Education (CSE).  The consultation process must be timely and meaningful and include discussion of the following.

1.  Child Find:

2. Provision of Special Education Services:

3. Use of Federal Funds 

The nonpublic school representatives must provide written affirmation of their participation in the consultation process to the public school district of location.  If the nonpublic school representative does not provide such affirmation within a reasonable period of time, the school district must forward the documentation of the consultation process to the State Education Department (SED). Attachment 2 provides a sample form for school districts to use to document its consultation process.

See Consultation Questions and Answers

II.       CHILD FIND REQUIREMENTS


The school district of location is responsible for child find for students who are parentally placed in nonpublic schools located in their geographic boundaries.  Child find is the practical method the public school district will use to identify, locate and evaluate students suspected of having disabilities who are parentally placed in nonpublic schools.

NOTE:  If, prior to July 1, 2007, a student suspected of having a disability had been referred to the CSE of the student's district of residence, and, for the 2007-08 school year, the student with a disability is parentally placed or is going to be parentally placed in a nonpublic school that is not located in the school district where the student legally resides, the results of such evaluation, with parental consent, should be shared with the CSE of the district of location.  The district of location may adopt such evaluation as its own or conduct a new evaluation in whole or in part.

See Child Find Questions and Answers

III.       PARENT CONSENT

Federal regulation (34 CFR section 300.300) establishes specific parent consent requirements for parentally placed nonpublic school students, as follows:

Consent for sharing personally identifiable information regarding special education:

Consent for initial evaluations and reevaluations:

Note:  There is no federal or State requirement for parental consent to share information between the school district of location and the nonpublic school the student intends to enroll in or is enrolled in.

IV.      PROVISION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE RESIDENTS OF NYS, THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS APPLY:

Development of the IESP 

NOTE:  If an IEP was developed for the 2007-08 school year by the district of residence and the student with a disability is parentally placed, or is going to be parentally placed in a nonpublic school that is not located in the school district where the student legally resides, with parent consent the district of residence must forward the IEP to the CSE of the district of location.  Such IEP will then be deemed to be an IESP and the school district of location must provide the services, unless or until it is amended by the district of location.

Parent Request for Special Education Services

Note:  For the 2007-08 school year, parents had until August 18, 2007 to request that the district of location provide special education services to his/her child.

Provision of Special Education Services

See Provision of Services Questions and Answers

Due Process Complaints

A parent of a student who is a NYS resident who disagrees with the individual evaluation, eligibility determination, recommendations of the CSE on the IESP and/or the provision of special education services may submit a Due Process Complaint Notice to the school district of location.

Note:  A parent who, pursuant to 34 CFR section 300.148, is seeking reimbursement of private school tuition when FAPE is at issue should submit a Due Process Complaint Notice to the school district of residence.  For further information on this, see http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/%2Croot%2Cregs%2C300%2CB%2C300%252E148%2C

See Due Process Questions and Answers

Process for the School District of Location to Recover its Costs from the School District of Residence for NYS Resident Students

Beginning with the 2007-08 school year, the actual cost for CSE administration, evaluations and special education services provided to a student with a disability who is a resident of NYS but a nonresident to the district of location may be recovered from the student's school district of residence as follows:

If the district of location has parent consent to share personally identifiable special education information about the student with the district of residence, the district of location is entitled to bill the district of residence for the costs of evaluation, CSE administration and providing services.  The amount charged by the school district of location cannot exceed the actual cost to the school district of location, after deducting any costs paid with federal or State funds.

OR

In the event the parent has not provided consent to release personally identifiable information concerning their child, the school district of location must submit to the Commissioner, in a form prescribed by the Commissioner (under development), a claim for costs of services, evaluation costs, and CSE administrative costs.

Parental consent must be obtained before any personally identifiable information about the student relating to special education is shared between officials in the public school district of location and officials in the public school district of residence.  Therefore, parent consent to share special education information between the two public school districts is required before billing a district of residence for the cost of special education services provided to the student by the district of location.

Note:  Additional guidance on the process for the school district of location to recover its costs from the school district of residence for NYS resident students will be issued in a subsequent memorandum.

FOR OUT-OF-STATE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES PARENTALLY PLACED IN NONPUBLIC SCHOOLS LOCATED IN NYS, THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS APPLY:

Child Find

A school district in which nonpublic elementary schools and secondary schools are located must, in carrying out its child find requirements, include parentally placed nonpublic school children who reside in a state other than the state in which the nonpublic schools that they attend are located (34 CFR section 300.131(f)).

The school district of location must evaluate an out-of-state parentally placed student suspected of having a disability. Pursuant to federal requirements, the cost of the evaluation cannot be billed to the district of residence or the state where the student legally resides, nor can the federal Part B proportionate share of dollars be used for child find, including evaluations.

Parent Request for Services

The June 1 date to request services does not apply to residents of another state who are parentally placed in a nonpublic school located in NYS.

Services Plan

The school district of location is obligated to provide special education services to an eligible student who legally resides in another state and is parentally placed in a nonpublic school located in NYS only to the extent that such services provide the student equitable participation in the services funded with federal IDEA funds. The services to be provided to out-of-state students must be documented on a Services Plan that is developed by the CSE of the district of location. The Services Plan is the written plan that describes the specific special education and related services that the district of location will provide to the student, consistent with the services that the school district of location has determined through the consultation process to be provided to such students in relation to the proportionate share of federal IDEA Part B dollars.

The Services Plan must, to the extent appropriate, be developed, reviewed and revised by the CSE of school district of location consistent with the requirements for development of an IEP.  The parent(s) of the student must be invited to the meeting and the district of location must also ensure that a representative of the nonpublic school where the student attends be included in the meeting where the services plan is developed.  If the nonpublic school representative cannot attend, the school district must use other methods to ensure participation by the nonpublic school, including individual or conference telephone calls. The Services Plan must be reviewed periodically, but not less than annually.

Due Process

A parent of an out-of-state student suspected of having a disability has the right to mediation or an impartial hearing for disputes regarding evaluations and an eligibility determination.  Since out-of-state resident students have no individual right to services, there is no right to mediation or an impartial hearing for disputes regarding services. 

Costs for Services

The provision of services to out-of-state students is limited to services based on a proportionate share of federal IDEA funds. Federal law provides no mechanism for interstate billing,

For federal guidance on the provision of services that would apply to students with disabilities who reside in another state but are parentally placed in a nonpublic school located in NYS, see:
http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/%2Croot%2Cdynamic%2CTopicalArea%2C5%2C

See Provision of Services Questions and Answers

V.       DATA COLLECTION AND REPORTING

In the 2006-07 school year, school districts reported data on the PD-1/4 report regarding the numbers of resident and nonresident parentally placed students with disabilities attending nonpublic schools located in the school district and the numbers of resident students who are parentally placed in nonpublic schools located in other school districts. These data were used to calculate a proportionate per pupil amount of IDEA funds for services to students with disabilities attending nonpublic schools for the 2007-08 school year. 

In the 2007-08 school year, it is anticipated that special education data previously collected on the PD-1/4 report will be collected through SED’s Student Information Repository System (SIRS).  This system will collect data at the individual student level.  Directions will be provided to school districts to report enrollment of all parentally placed students with disabilities in nonpublic schools located in the school district.  For each student, specific information will be requested to allow SED to complete its State and federal reporting requirements, including information needed to calculate the proportionate share of federal funds for each eligible student.

The district of location must maintain in its records and provide SED the following information related to parentally-placed nonpublic elementary and secondary school students:

VI.      PROPORTIONATE SHARE OF FEDERAL DOLLARS

In the 2006-07 school year, the data that school districts reported on the PD-1/4 report (see above) were used to calculate a proportionate per pupil amount of IDEA funds for services to students with disabilities attending nonpublic schools for the 2007-08 school year. Also, in computing the 2007-08 IDEA federal flow through allocation for every school district, SED used the total K-12 enrollment of all students attending public and nonpublic schools located in the school district as reported on the Basic Education Data System (BEDS) forms as the “population factor” in the allocation formula.  In previous years, SED used the K-12 enrollment of public and nonpublic students residing in the school district as the “population factor”.

SED has posted on its website the actual minimum proportionate share of federal funds for each school district.  See: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sedcar/federal.htm

This minimum amount must be spent on services for parentally placed nonpublic elementary and secondary school students with disabilities during the school year.  If, by the end of the fiscal year, a school district does not expend the entire proportionate share of its Part B funds on students with disabilities placed by their parents in nonpublic schools, the school district must obligate the remaining funds for special education for such students during the carry-over period. 

See Expenditure of Federal Funds Questions and Answers

VII.     QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Nonpublic Schools

  1. What is the definition of a nonpublic school for purposes of section 3602-c of Education Law? 

A nonpublic school includes nonpublic elementary and secondary schools chartered by the Board of Regents, nonpublic secondary schools registered by the Board of Regents, and other nonpublic elementary and secondary schools determined by the public school district to be providing instruction substantially equivalent to that provided in the public schools. A list of nonpublic schools found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/nys-schools/
nonpublic/sectionI.pdf
can assist school districts in identifying nonpublic schools for purposes of the consultation requirements.  Additional assistance may be provided by the Office for Nonpublic School Services at (518) 474-3897.

  1. If a nonpublic school has different sites in more than one school district, which school is the district of location?

The school district where the nonpublic school is geographically located would be the district of location for students attending that school, regardless of the address for administration (or BEDS code) of the nonpublic school.

Consultation

Note: Federal questions and answers on the IDEA consultation requirements can be found at:  http://www.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/faq-parent-placed.pdf

  1. What steps should a public school district take to arrange for consultation with officials of nonpublic schools located within its geographic boundaries and with representatives of parents of parentally placed students with disabilities?

To arrange for consultation, a public school district should send a letter to representatives of each nonpublic school located in its geographic boundaries inviting them to participate in a meeting or meetings to discuss the required consultation topics.  In addition to nonpublic school officials, the school district must consult with representatives of parents of parentally placed students with disabilities A list of nonpublic schools is provided by geographic region at http://www.nysed.gov/admin/admindex.html.  (Nonpublic schools are designated under “record type” on this list and also include approved private schools where school districts place students.) The Directory of Public and Nonpublic Schools and Administrators is available at http://www.nysed.gov/admin/bedsdata.html

Each of the nonpublic school officials should be asked to sign an affirmation that they participated in the consultation process.  In the event nonpublic school officials decline participation or to sign the affirmation, the public school district must submit documentation to SED of the consultation process.  See Attachment 2.

  1. Must the public school district also consult with officials of approved private schools where students are placed by school districts?

The consultation requirements of 34 CFR section 300.134 do not apply to students placed by CSEs in approved private schools. However, if the approved private school also accepts students who are parentally placed and paying tuition, the public school must also consult with officials of these schools, with respect to those parentally placed students. 

  1. Can nonpublic school officials file a complaint with SED or the United States Education Department (USED) on the consultation process?

Yes.  A nonpublic school official has the right to submit a complaint to SED that the public school district did not engage in consultation that was meaningful and timely, or did not consider the views of the nonpublic school officials.  The complaint submitted by the nonpublic school official must include the basis of the noncompliance.  If the nonpublic school official is dissatisfied with the SED complaint findings, he or she may submit a complaint to USED.  A complaint submitted by a nonpublic school official may be submitted using the sample form found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/covercomplaint.htm.

Child Find

  1. Which school district has the responsibility to conduct the evaluation to determine if a parentally placed nonpublic school student is eligible for special education?

The district of location is responsible to conduct the evaluation to determine a student’s eligibility for special education.  The district of location is also the district that must obtain the informed written consent of the parent to conduct the initial evaluation or reevaluation.

  1. Which school district would convene a meeting of the CSE to determine the student’s eligibility and develop the IESP?

If a student is parentally placed in a nonpublic school and is suspected of having a disability, the district of location is responsible to conduct the CSE meeting to determine a student’s eligibility for special education and, if determined eligible for special education, to recommend the special education services the student will receive and document such recommendations on an IESP.

  1. Is it possible for a parent to request evaluations from the district where the nonpublic school is located as well as the district where the child resides?

Yes, but it is generally not advisable because subjecting a student to repeated testing by separate school districts in close proximity of time may not be the most effective or desirable way to obtain individual evaluations that are meaningful measures of whether a student has a disability or of obtaining an appropriate assessment of the student’s educational needs.

If the district of residence receives a request for an evaluation of a student suspected of having a disability who is parentally placed in a nonpublic school in another district, and the parent is not seeking to enroll the student in the public school, the district of residence should notify the parent of his/her right to request an evaluation from the district of location and the development of an IESP from the district of location. The district of residence, with parental consent to share information, should facilitate the referral to the district of location.

  1. Is parent consent required when having a representative of the nonpublic school participate in the CSE meeting?

No. Parent consent is not required to share information between the district of location and the nonpublic school. The meeting notice would inform the parents of the individuals who are expected to attend the meeting.

Provision of Services

  1. What is meant by services provided on an "equitable basis"?

The term "equitable basis" means that special education services are provided to parentally placed nonpublic school students with disabilities in the same manner as compared to other students with disabilities attending public or nonpublic schools located within the school district. 

The new State legislation is intended to maintain the level of services provided to NYS nonpublic students with disabilities through IEPs under the former provisions of Education Law section 3602-c.  Accordingly, parentally placed nonpublic students must be provided services based on need and the same range of services provided by the district of location to its public school students must be made available to nonpublic students, taking into account the student’s placement in the nonpublic school program.  A nonpublic student may not be denied services that a public school student would receive based solely upon his or her status as a nonpublic student, nor can a district deny services to a nonresident nonpublic school student that a resident nonpublic school student would receive.  The converse is also true-- a school district of location is not required to provide greater services to a nonpublic student than a public school student would receive under the Rowley standard (i.e., services reasonably calculated to enable the child to receive some educational benefit (458 U.S. at 206-07)).

  1. Must the district of residence develop an IEP for a student who is parentally placed and conduct annual reviews of this IEP?

USED has provided guidance that states: "If a determination is made through the child find process by the LEA (local educational agency) where the private school is located that a child needs special education and related services and a parent makes clear his or her intent to keep the child enrolled in the private elementary or secondary school located in another LEA, the LEA where the child resides need not make FAPE available to the child."  Therefore, if the parents make clear their intention to keep their child enrolled in the nonpublic elementary or secondary school, the district of residence need not develop or annually review an IEP for the student.

  1. For the 2007-08 school year, must the school district of location conduct CSE meetings to develop new IESPs?

In cases where an IEP has been developed at an annual review meeting conducted in the 2006-07 school year by the district of residence, and parent consent has been obtained to share personally identifiable special education information between the district of location and the district of residence, the district of residence must forward the IEP developed at the student's annual review to the district of location.  For the 2007-08 school year, the IEP developed and shared with the district of location would be deemed an IESP and the district of location must provide the services recommended in the IEP, unless and until the district of location amends it and develops a new IESP. 

  1. Is it permissible for the district of location to contract with another public agency, including the district of residence, for individual evaluations?

Yes. The district of location is responsible for child find, including evaluations.  However it can fulfill this responsibility directly, or through contract with another public agency, including the district of residence provided that the parent has provided consent to share special education information between the district of residence and the district of location.

  1. Is it permissible for the district of location to contract with the student’s district of residence to provide special education services?

Yes. Nothing in IDEA or State law would preclude the district of location from contracting with the district of residence as a third party provider to fulfill its obligations to provide special education services, except that parent consent to share information between the district of residence and the district of location is required. 

  1. Can the school district of location contract with a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) to provide special education services to students with disabilities parentally placed in nonpublic schools in the geographic boundaries of their school district?

Yes.  Section 3602-c(3) of Education Law continues to authorize boards of education, with the consent of the Commissioner, to contract with BOCES, consistent with Education Law section 1950, to provide the services required by section 3602-c. 

  1. Which school district is responsible for the provision of special education services to parentally placed nonpublic school students when the school district where the nonpublic school is located provides for the education of their students by contract with another school district (e.g., K-8, K-3, K-1 school district)? [Sections 2040-2045 of Education Law]

The school district of location is responsible to provide the special education services.  However, consistent with the manner in which services are provided to other students in their school district, the school district of location could negotiate in its contract with the receiving school district that such district would also provide special education services to parentally placed students with disabilities.

  1. Are children who are age eligible (age 5 years by December 1) whose parents enroll them for an additional year in a preschool or nursery school program eligible for special education services pursuant to section 3602-c of Education Law?

No.  Section 3602-c of Education Law pertains only to parental placements in nonpublic elementary and secondary schools.  It does not apply to a child who is less than compulsory school age continuing in a preschool program, even if the preschool program is located in the same building as a kindergarten or other elementary grade classrooms. These students would continue to be the responsibility of the district of residence through the CSE.  Also See question H- 3 of USED guidance found at:
http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/%2Croot%2Cdynamic%2CQaCorner%2C1%2C

  1. Does section 3602-c of Education Law require services to be provided to students with disabilities during the summer? 

No.  The definition of “services” in section 3602-c(1)(a) of the Education Law is limited to services provided in programs operated during the course of the regular school year and does not apply to  services provided in summer programs. 

  1. Must the IESP indicate that the student has been parentally placed in a nonpublic school?

Yes.  Since an IESP must have the same components as an IEP, which includes a recommendation for placement, the IESP should indicate placement as “student is parentally placed in a nonpublic school.”

  1. Are students parentally placed in a nonpublic school entitled to declassification support services?

No.  Only students who are enrolled in public schools are entitled to declassification support services.

Expenditure of Federal Funds

Note: Federal guidance on the expenditure of federal funds can be found at:
http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/%2Croot%2Cdynamic%2CQaCorner%2C1%2C

  1. Can the proportionate share of federal funds be spent on child find activities, including the cost of the evaluation?

No.  Section 612(a)(10)(A)(ii) of IDEA (child find requirements) states that the cost of carrying out child find requirements may not be considered in determining whether a school district has met its obligations to expend a proportionate amount of federal funds.

  1. Can the federal IDEA funds be given to the nonpublic school to provide the special education services?

No. The control of funds used to provide special education services and title to materials, equipment and property purchased with those funds must be in the public school district and the public school district must administer the funds and property.  34 CFR section 300.142 adds that “An local educational agency (LEA) may use funds available under sections 611 and 619 of the Act to pay for the services of an employee of a private school to provide services… if the employee performs the services outside of his or her regular hours of duty; and the employee performs the services under public supervision and control.”

  1. What can the proportionate share of federal IDEA funds be spent on?

The proportionate share of federal dollars must be spent on the provision of special education services. The proportionate share of IDEA funds may not be spent on child find activities, including evaluations, nor may they be spent on administrative functions such as CSE meetings.  State and local funds may supplement and in no case supplant the proportionate amount of federal funds required to be expended pursuant to IDEA 2004.

Transportation

  1. If special education services are to be provided to a student at a site other than the nonpublic school, which school district is responsible to arrange and pay for transportation necessary for the student to receive the special education services?

34 CFR section 300.139(b) requires the school district of location to provide a parentally-placed nonpublic elementary or secondary school student with a disability with transportation from the student's school or the student's home to a site other than the nonpublic school and from the service site to the nonpublic school, or to the student's home, depending on the timing of the services, if necessary for the student to receive special education services.  The cost of transportation can be included in determining whether the school district has met its requirement to expend a proportionate share of IDEA Part B dollars to serve parentally-placed nonpublic school students with disabilities. 

  1. Which school district is responsible to provide transportation for the student to and from the student's home and the nonpublic school?

The school district of residence remains responsible to provide transportation to parentally placed nonpublic school students to and from the student’s home pursuant to section 3635 of Education Law.  However, if the district of location chooses to provide special education services to a student before or after the school day at its own school or another location, it must arrange transportation from the special education services to or from his or her home. For more information see:
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/nonpub/ HANDBOOKonServicestoPupilsAttendingNonpublicSchools/ Handbookpage.htm

Section 4402(4)(d) of Education Law requires the district of residence to arrange for suitable transportation up to 50 miles to and from the nonpublic school the student attends when the student has been identified as a student with a disability by the CSE and such student attends such school for the purpose of receiving services or program similar to special educational programs recommended for such student by the CSE of the district of residence. 


Attachment 2

SAMPLE FORM

IDEA Section 611(a) (10) WRITTEN AFFIRMATION OF CONSULTATION WITH NONPUBLIC SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVES
CONCERNING SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

  1. School districts where nonpublic elementary and secondary schools are located must maintain documentation of timely and meaningful consultations with participating nonpublic schools signed by the representatives of such schools.  New York State has provided a sample form (attached) that districts may use in order to secure the signed affirmation by nonpublic school representatives of participation in the required consultation. In the event that a school district chooses not to use the State Education Department (SED) sample form, the district must maintain some form of documentation that establishes:
  1. In the event the district is unable to secure a written affirmation from one or more of the nonpublic school representatives either due to a refusal or failure to attend the consultation, or failure to submit the signed confirmation, the district must provide documentation to the State showing that the school in question was invited to the consultation.  If a nonpublic school does not agree to consult with the district, then the district must maintain documentation of its attempts to secure the school's participation at the consultation.  Such documentation should include:

Such documentation should be sent to:

New York State Education Department
Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID)
ATTN: Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA)
Room 1624, One Commerce Plaza
Albany, NY 12234


Sample Form: This is not an official New York State Education Department or U.S.Education Department document.

Written Affirmation of Consultation
with Nonpublic School Representatives concerning Special Education Services

I hereby affirm that I was invited to and participated in the nonpublic/parochial school providers' consultation meeting sponsored by (SCHOOL DISTRICT) and held on (DATE) in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  I understand that during the course of the consultation, the following issues were required to be discussed:

I was provided the opportunity to express my views and to ask questions of the school district pertaining to the aforementioned issues.  I understand that if I believe that the consultation was not meaningful, or that my views and those of others were not given due consideration by the school district, I could file a State complaint with the New York State Education Department that identifies the area(s) in which I believe the school district did not comply with the consultation process.

NONPUBLIC SCHOOL REPRESENTED:     __________________________________

 

PRINTED NAME:       ____________________________________________________

 

SIGNATURE:             ____________________________________________________

 

DATE:                         _________________________


Attachment 3

Sample Letter to Parents who Place their Children in Nonpublic Schools
(written as if coming from the school district of residence)

Dear Parents:

      This letter provides information for you to be aware of if you are a resident of this school district and you have placed, or are considering placing, your child who has a disability or is suspected of having a disability in a nonpublic school for which you would be paying tuition.  The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and State law require the school district where the nonpublic school is located to assume responsibility to provide special education services for your child.  The following information is important for you to know:

     If you have any questions regarding these new requirements, please contact _____________ at _____________.


Attachment 4

Section 3602-c of the Education Law
as Amended by Chapter 378 of the Laws of 2004