School District #15


INSTRUCTION        2161


Special Education


The District shall provide a free appropriate public education and necessary related services to all children with disabilities residing within the District, as required under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (hereinafter “IDEA”) and implementing provisions in Montana law, and the Americans With Disabilities Act.


For students eligible for services under IDEA, the District shall follow procedures for identification, evaluation, placement, and delivery of service to children with disabilities as provided in the “Montana State Plan Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act” (Submission Date: April 2000).


The District may maintain a membership in one or more cooperative associations, which shall assist the District in fulfilling its obligations to the District’s disabled students.


Students may be placed in private school facilities, including non-public schools and home schools.  If the district makes a free appropriate public education available to a student and the parent(s) choose to place the child in private school, the district will not be responsible to pay for the cost of education.  However, should a free appropriate public education not be made available through the district, a parent may place his/her child in a private school and the district may be responsible for the costs of educating the student.



Legal Reference:            Americans With Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.

Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq.

§ 20-7-Part Four, MCA Special Education for Exceptional Children

10.16.2303, ARM

10.16.1201, ARM


Policy History:

Adopted on:            04/10/01

Revised on: