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Legislature Clarified Responsibility for Educating Exceptional Students in Residential Facilities, Report No. 10-51, August 2010
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Subsequent to our 2008 report, the Legislature amended state law to clarify school district responsibility for providing educational services to exceptional students placed in residential facilities outside their home district. In addition, statutes now require residential facilities to notify the school district where the facility is located within 10 days of student arrival. School districts generally report that these statutory changes have clarified their responsibilities, although they had limited experience with cross-district placements since the changes took effect. Because statutes do not define the legal county of residence for students who are in the state’s dependency system, the Legislature may wish to further amend the law to clarify these students’ legal residence.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 08-27 Responsibility for the Education of Exceptional Students in Residential Treatment Facilities Needs Clarification,published in April 2008.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Residential Services
Exceptional Student Education
Department of Juvenile Justice

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-08 Students with Developmental Disabilities Have Limited Postsecondary Options; A New Institution Would Expand Choices but Require Additional State Funding,published in February 2011.
  • Report No. 10-56 Many Florida Programs Enhance Students’ Career and College Readiness, published in November 2010.
  • Report No. 10-07 Youth Entering the State’s Juvenile Justice Programs Have Substantial Educational Deficits; Available Data Is Insufficient to Assess Learning Gains of Students,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 03-58 Florida Could Avoid $1.5 Million Annually in ESE Costs for Out-of-State Students Who Are Placed in Private Residential Facilities,published in November 2003.

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