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Special Education Eligibility

Special education services are provided to students with emotional disabilities who may need customized instruction to address their individual needs and ensure their access to the school district’s general curriculum. In some cases, these students may require placement in therapeutic day schools or residential/boarding schools outside the local district, funded by the public school district. Emotional issues and mental illness can be considered within the scope of special education. However, there is often confusion and misunderstanding surrounding labels and intelligence, leading to a lack of awareness about how these conditions are covered by special education laws.

Important Points

  • Many children and adolescents experience emotional disabilities and mental health challenges that disrupt their daily lives, both at school and at home. Students whose educational performance is significantly affected by emotional issues may qualify for special education services.
  • Public school districts are responsible for actively identifying and evaluating students suspected of having emotional disabilities and determining their need for special education services in a timely manner. It is crucial that these evaluations are conducted promptly once a disability is noticed or suspected.
  • It is essential for public school districts not to overlook students with emotional issues and mental illnesses or place blame on them or their families. When these students are deemed eligible under special education laws, public school districts must develop and implement an appropriate Individualized Education Program (IEP). This may include placing them in an out-of-district program, which the district would be responsible for funding.
  • In some cases permitted by special education laws, parents may be eligible for tuition reimbursement if they place their child in a private school (often referred to as a unilateral placement) and file a case against their public school district.

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