IDEA and Private Schools
Private schools are not covered under The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and are not required to provide a free appropriate education or special education services to children with disabilities. The public schools may still have responsibilities for children with disabilities who are enrolled in a private school. This might occur when:
Section 504 and Private Schools
Private schools are bound by Section 504 and cannot discriminate against a child with a disability for reasons related to the disability and might be responsible for providing modifications, accommodations, and access to educational opportunities.
Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program (GSNS)
The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) Program (also known as SB10) is a parental choice program for students attending Georgia public schools who are served under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). To qualify for the program a student must:
- have a parent/guardian who currently lives in Georgia and has been a resident for at least one calendar year.
‐ be enrolled and attended a Georgia public school (grades K – 12) the entire preceding school year. (Pre‐school special education students do not qualify. A student must complete a full school year in kindergarten before he/she can be eligible.)
‐ have been reported during student counts conducted in October and March of the preceding year.
‐ must have received special education services at some point during the preceding school year under an IEP as reported in student count or student record.