What is Proportionate Share?
Since the passage of IDEA 1997, school districts have been required to allocate a “proportionate share” of their Federal IDEA funds to provide private school students with disabilities (SWD) with “services” in special education offered by the district.
Funds and services may be provided to SWD enrolled by their parents in private, including religious, schools or facilities that meet the definition of elementary school and secondary school. No parentally placed private school SWD has an individual right to receive some or all of the special education and related services that the SWD would receive if attending a public school.
The responsibility for providing proportionate share services to private school students is based on the district in which the private school is located.
Who is Eligible?
All eligible students with disabilities (preschool - 12th grade) who are parentally placed in a private elementary or secondary school and home-schooled eligible students with disabilities.
According to IDEA a private elementary or secondary is defined as a nonprofit, institutional day or residential school including a public charter school that provides elementary and/or secondary education as determined under State law. In Georgia that is any combination of grades K-12.
For private school students:
- If they attend a private school within FCSD but are not a resident of FCSD:
- FCSD has an obligation regarding Child Find. Accordingly, the FCSD will evaluate and determine eligibility. If the student requires an IEP, the student must go to their district of residence to obtain the IEP.
- The student is included in the FCSD's "proportionate share" services.
- If they attend a private school within FCSD and also reside in FCSD:
- FCSD has an obligation to evaluate, determine eligibility, and offer an appropriate IEP
- The student is included in the FCSD's "proportionate share" services
- If they reside in FCSD, but attend a private school outside of FCSD:
- FCSD has an obligation to evaluate, determine eligibility, and offer an appropriate IEP.
- The student is NOT included in FSCD's "proportionate share" services, but is instead included in the proportionate share in the district where the private school is located
- If they reside in FCSD and attend private school:
- FCSD has an obligation to reevaluate student.
To request services by Fulton County Schools under the guidelines for Proportionate Share, contact the IST for Compliance from the Learning Community (see contact information) in which the child's private school is located.