Private schools are not required to provide services for special education students. The public school district is still required to find these students and offer them the services.
I wonder how that will mix once Devos tries to get all students into special education.
My inclination is that an influx of students will make private school more selective. They will have greater resources, but that will still have limits. They will take the high achieving students and ignore the low achieving students. Those students that require smaller class sizes for example.
This will make a hardship on public schools as they have less students that are cheaper to teach.
I think it will make it more difficult on special education students. I think there might be court cases saying that a student was turned away due to their disability. I think that there will be more lawsuits against private schools in regards to special education students.
There will be more lawsuits against school districts. Which overall is a good thing. The law keeps people in check.
Public schools have the responsibility to provide a free and appropriate education for students. In other words, the education must be equal to a nondisabled student. That means accommodations and special education teachers. However, that education will probably be at the public school. It is up to the parent to decide to put them in that class or keep them at the private school.
It’s like medical care. Hospitals are required to give you medical care. But you must go to their hospital. The law does not make them go to your home.
Now a special education student may thrive at a private school. But what is going to happen when the private schools do not meet their needs?