Title 17. Education
Chapter 8. Education of Students with Exceptionalities
Part I. Educational Opportunities for Students with Exceptionalities
17:1944 Local education agency; responsibilities
A. Subject to the conditions and limitations of this Chapter, local education agencies as defined in R.S. 17:1942, in providing for the education of students with exceptionalities within their jurisdiction, shall have in effect policies, procedures, and programs that are consistent with state policies and procedures.
B. Special education and related services may be provided by local education agencies for eligible children under three years of age.
C. Except as otherwise specifically permitted by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, there shall be a chronological age span of not more than three years, and special education classes shall be grouped to provide for the most efficient delivery of services in accordance with the student’s individualized education program.
D. Whenever adequate education results can best be obtained by providing cooperative special education and related services, the local education agencies shall establish and maintain such facilities and programs according to procedures established by the Department of Education with the approval of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Adjacent and nearby local education agencies shall pool their resources for this purpose. The local education agency within whose boundaries said facility is located shall be designated as the coordinating fiscal agency.
E. Local education agencies shall provide whatever transportation is necessary to implement any individualized education program for a student with an exceptionality. Transportation shall be provided in cooperative programs according to the method established in the contract between the cooperating agencies or districts and shall also be in accordance with the student’s individualized education program.
F. A student with an exceptionality, except a gifted or talented student, shall be assigned to a school as requested by the parent if all of the following conditions are met:
(1) The parent submits a written request to the local education agency responsible for the student and the local education agency having jurisdiction over the school being requested by not later than April first of the school year preceding the school year for which the parent is requesting the school assignment. The request shall include a recommendation from at least two licensed physicians who have treated the student during the year prior to the submission of the request.
(2) The local education agency responsible for the student and the local education agency having jurisdiction over the school being requested by the parent enter into an agreement for the assignment of the student to the requested school.
(3) The requested school is located at least ten miles from the school the student is assigned to in accordance with applicable school attendance zone requirements.
(4) The requested school is located at least fifteen miles from the student’s home.
(5) The requested school is not located in a public school district in which fifty percent or more of the public schools in the district are charter schools and fifty percent or more of the public schools in the district participate in a single application and enrollment process for public school enrollment.
Acts 2008, No. 376, § 1. Amended by Acts 2016, No. 364, § 1.