TITLE 17. EDUCATION
CHAPTER 8. EDUCATION OF STUDENTS WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES
PART I. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES
17:1943 Administration and supervision
A. (1) Except as otherwise provided in Paragraph (2) of this Subsection, the provisions of this Chapter shall be administered at the state level by the Department of Education, with the approval of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and on the city or parish level by local education agencies.
(2) The Department of Education, with the approval of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, shall provide only general supervision and monitoring when the provisions of this Chapter are administered through or in other state agencies.
B. (1) The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall promulgate rules, regulations, and policies necessary for the administration of this Chapter and the implementation of the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.
(2)(a) The governor or his designee shall ensure that an interagency agreement or other mechanism for interagency coordination is in effect between each public agency described in Subparagraph (b) of this Paragraph and the state educational agency, in order to ensure that all services described in Subparagraph (b) of this Paragraph that are needed to ensure a free appropriate public education are provided, including the provision of such services during the pendency of any dispute under Item (iii) of this Subparagraph. Such agreement or mechanism shall include the following:
(i) An identification of, or a method for defining, the financial responsibility of each agency for providing services described in Subparagraph (b) of this Paragraph to ensure a free appropriate public education to students with disabilities, provided that the financial responsibility of each public agency described in Subparagraph (b) of this Paragraph, including the state Medicaid agency and other public insurers of students with disabilities, shall precede the financial responsibility of the local education agency or the state agency responsible for developing the student's individualized education program.
(ii) The conditions, terms, and procedures under which a local education agency shall be reimbursed by other agencies.
(iii) Procedures for resolving interagency disputes, including procedures under which local education agencies may initiate proceedings, under the agreement or other mechanism to secure reimbursement from other agencies or otherwise implement the provisions of the agreement or mechanism.
(iv) Policies and procedures for agencies to determine and identify the interagency coordination responsibilities of each agency to promote the coordination and timely and appropriate delivery of services described in Subparagraph (b) of this Paragraph.
(b) If any public agency other than an educational agency is otherwise obligated under federal or state law, or assigned responsibility under state policy or pursuant to Subparagraph (a) of this Paragraph, to provide or pay for any services that are also considered special education or related services that are necessary for ensuring a free appropriate public education to students with disabilities within the state, such public agency shall fulfill that obligation or responsibility, either directly or through contract or other arrangement.
(c) If a public agency other than an educational agency fails to provide or pay for the special education and related services described in Subparagraph (b) of this Paragraph, the local education agency or state agency responsible for developing the student's individualized education program shall provide or pay for such services to the student. Such local education agency or state agency may then claim reimbursement for the services from the public agency that failed to provide or pay for such services, and such public agency shall reimburse the local education agency or state agency pursuant to the terms of the interagency agreement or other mechanism described in Item (a)(i) of this Paragraph according to the procedures established in such agreement pursuant to Item (a)(ii) of this Paragraph.
(d) The requirements of Subparagraph (a) of this Paragraph may be met through state law or regulation, signed agreements between respective agency officials that clearly identify the responsibilities of each agency relating to the provision of services, or other appropriate written methods as determined by the governor or his designee.
C. The Department of Education shall establish pupil-teacher ratios and class sizes taking into account the chronological age of the student with an exceptionality, the severity of the disability, and the type of exceptionality.
Acts 2008, No. 376, § 1.