Office of Student Learning & Partnerships
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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,