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Office of Student Learning & Partnerships

7.  Must a district expend expend its proportionate share of IDEA funds on parentally placed private school students?

Yes.  The discussion of how these funds will be spent must also be documented as part of the required annual consultation process with representatives of private schools and parents of parentally placed private school students.

8.

May amounts expended for child find, including individual evaluations, be deducted from the required amounts to be expended?

No.  The costs of child find activities, including evaluations, may not be considered is part of the costs of providing special education and related services.

9.

May a district spend state school funds (SSF) or local funds to supplement federal IDEA funds for parentally placed private school if it can demonstrate that it is not supplanting its proportionate share of IDEA funds?

Yes.  IDEA and state law do not prohibit the use of state or local funds to supplement federal IDEA funds for parentally placed private school students, but there is nothing in state or federal law requiring school districts to do so.

Charter School Finances for Students with Disabilities

1.

What statute authorizes charter schools?

ORS Chapter 338 authorizes Oregon charter schools as public schools.  Public charter schools operate under a written agreement between the applicant and the sponsor of the charter school.  In Oregon, unlike many other states, only local school districts and the State Board of Education (in limited circumstances) may sponsor a public charter school.  

2.

How are Oregon’s public charter schools funded?

Oregon funds public charter schools through the State School Fund, General Purpose Grant.  Charter schools are not eligible to receive funding through the Alternative Education formula.  ORS 338.155

3.

How are state funds for students with disabilities distributed to the charter school?

For purposes of distributing State School Funds (SSF) to public charter schools, student residency must be determined.  Students with disabilities on IEPs are considered residents of the school district in which their parents/guardians reside.  Other students are considered residents of the school district in which the public charter school is located,

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