Non-public schools are sometimes also called private schools. Charter schools are not private schools. If you have questions about charter schools, we have information here: https://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/charter-schools/
A student at a non-public school can receive an evaluation for special education eligibility. A parent may refer the student suspected of having a disability for an evaluation through the local public school district in which that nonpublic school is located. More on Evaluation.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that requires a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) is available to all eligible children with disabilities. Sometimes, a child might be placed in a non-public school as a means of providing FAPE. When a child is enrolled in a non-public school by the parents, the state’s obligations are different than for children enrolled in public schools.
Parentally placed children with disabilities do not have an individual entitlement to services they would receive if they were in a public school. Districts are required to spend a proportionate amount of IDEA funds to provide services to this group. So it’s possible that some parentally placed children with disabilities won’t receive any service but others will.
Private School Placement by Parents
- Provisions Related to Children With Disabilities Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools IDEA.gov
- Children Enrolled by their Parents in Private Schools CPIR
- Questions and Answers On Serving Children With Disabilities Placed by Their Parents at Private Schools OSERS
Private School Placement by District
- Public Agency Placement of Students With Disabilities in Private Schools MDE
- Private School at Public Expense CPIR
Michigan Department of Education Guidance
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