Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), students with disabilities are entitled to a free and appropriate education (FAPE) tailored to their specific needs through the use of an individualized education plan (IEP). If the district fails to provide a FAPE, the parents can look elsewhere and enroll the child in a private facility - on the original school district’s dime.
Elizabeth is a special needs student. While she had progressed through most of the tenth grade, her emotional disturbances were interfering with her educational progress and eventually necessitated treatment in a facility. While she was undergoing treatment, her prior school district notified her parents that she was being de-enrolled from her school placement and that an IEP would not be provided until Elizabeth was returned to the district.