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Education Code - EDC

TITLE 2. ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION [33000 - 64100]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )
  

DIVISION 4. INSTRUCTION AND SERVICES [46000 - 64100]

  ( Division 4 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )
  

PART 30. SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS [56000 - 56865]

  ( Part 30 repealed and added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 797, Sec. 9. )
  

CHAPTER 4. Identification and Referral, Assessment, Instructional Planning, Implementation,and Review [56300 - 56385]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 797, Sec. 9. )
  

ARTICLE 4. Implementation [56360 - 56369]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 797, Sec. 9. )

  
56366.  

It is the intent of the Legislature that the role of a nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency shall be maintained and continued as an alternative special education service available to a local educational agency and parents.

(a) The master contract for nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency services shall be developed in accordance with the following provisions:

(1) The master contract shall specify the general administrative and financial agreements, including teacher-to-pupil ratios, between the nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency and the local educational agency to provide the special education and designated instruction and services, as well as transportation specified in each pupil’s individualized education program. The administrative provisions of the contract also shall include procedures for recordkeeping and documentation, and the maintenance of school records by the contracting local educational agency to ensure that appropriate high school graduation credit is received by each pupil. The contract may allow for partial or full-time attendance at the nonpublic, nonsectarian school.

(2) (A) The master contract shall include an individual services agreement for each pupil placed by a local educational agency that will be negotiated for the length of time for which nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency special education and designated instruction and services are specified in the pupil’s individualized education program.

(B) The master contract shall include a description of the process being utilized by the local educational agency to oversee and evaluate placements in nonpublic, nonsectarian schools, as required by federal law. This description shall include a method for evaluating whether each pupil is making appropriate educational progress. At least once every year, the local educational agency shall do all of the following and, to the extent possible, the following shall be conducted as part of the development and provision of an individualized education program:

(i) Evaluate the educational progress of each pupil placed in a nonpublic, nonsectarian school, including all state assessment results pursuant to the requirements of Section 52052.

(ii) Consider whether or not the needs of the pupil continue to be best met at the nonpublic, nonsectarian school and whether changes to the individualized education program of the pupil are necessary, including whether the pupil may be transitioned to a public school setting. This consideration shall be made at the meeting required by subdivision (d) of Section 56343.

(C) In the case of a nonpublic, nonsectarian school that is owned, operated by, or associated with a licensed children’s institution, the master contract shall include a method for evaluating whether the nonpublic, nonsectarian school is in compliance with the mandate set forth in Section 56366.9 of this code and subdivision (b) of Section 1501.1 of the Health and Safety Code.

(3) Changes in educational instruction, services, or placement provided under contract may only be made on the basis of revisions to a pupil’s individualized education program.

At any time during the term of the contract or individual services agreement, the parent, the nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency, or the local educational agency may request a review of a pupil’s individualized education program by the individualized education program team. Changes in the administrative or financial agreements of the master contract that do not alter the individual services agreement that outlines each pupil’s educational instruction, services, or placement may be made at any time during the term of the contract as mutually agreed by the nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency and the local educational agency.

(4) The master contract or individual services agreement may be terminated for cause. The cause shall not be the availability of a public class initiated during the period of the contract unless the parent agrees to the transfer of the pupil to a public school program. To terminate the contract either party shall give 20 days’ notice.

(5) The nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency shall provide all services specified in an individualized education program, unless the nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency and the local educational agency agree otherwise in the contract or individual services agreement.

(6) Related services provided pursuant to a nonpublic, nonsectarian agency master contract shall only be provided during the period of a pupil’s regular or extended school year program, or both, unless otherwise specified by the pupil’s individualized education program.

(7) The nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency shall report attendance of pupils receiving special education and designated instruction and services, as defined by Section 46307, for purposes of submitting a warrant for tuition to each contracting local educational agency.

(8) (A) A nonpublic, nonsectarian school is subject to the alternative accountability system developed pursuant to Section 52052 in the same manner as public schools and each pupil placed in the nonpublic, nonsectarian school by a local educational agency shall be tested by qualified staff of the nonpublic, nonsectarian school in accordance with that accountability program. The test results shall be reported by the nonpublic, nonsectarian school to the department.

(B) Beginning with the 2006-07 school year testing cycle, each nonpublic, nonsectarian school shall determine its STAR testing period subject to subdivisions (b) and (c) of Section 60640. The nonpublic, nonsectarian school shall determine this period based on completion of 85 percent of the instructional year at that nonpublic, nonsectarian school, plus and minus 10 days, resulting in a 21-day period. Each nonpublic, nonsectarian school shall notify the district of residence of a pupil enrolled in the school of its testing period. Staff at the nonpublic, nonsectarian school who administer the assessments shall attend the regular testing training sessions provided by the district of residence. If staff from a nonpublic, nonsectarian school have received training from one local educational agency, that training will be sufficient for all local educational agencies that send pupils to the nonpublic, nonsectarian school. The district of residence shall order testing materials for its pupils that have been placed in the nonpublic, nonsectarian school. The board shall adopt regulations to facilitate the distribution of and collection of testing materials.

(9) With respect to a nonpublic, nonsectarian school, the school shall prepare a school accountability report card in accordance with Section 33126.

(b) The master contract or individual services agreement shall not include special education transportation provided through the use of services or equipment owned, leased, or contracted by a local educational agency for pupils enrolled in the nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency unless provided directly or subcontracted by that nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency.

The superintendent shall withhold 20 percent of the amount apportioned to a local educational agency for costs related to the provision of nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency placements if the superintendent finds that the local educational agency is in noncompliance with this subdivision. This amount shall be withheld from the apportionments in the fiscal year following the superintendent’s finding of noncompliance. The superintendent shall take other appropriate actions to prevent noncompliant practices from occurring and report to the Legislature on those actions.

(c) (1) If a pupil is enrolled in a nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency with the approval of the local educational agency prior to agreement to a contract or individual services agreement, the local educational agency shall issue a warrant, upon submission of an attendance report and claim, for an amount equal to the number of creditable days of attendance at the per diem tuition rate agreed upon prior to the enrollment of the pupil. This provision shall be allowed for 90 days during which time the contract shall be consummated.

(2) If after 60 days the master contract or individual services agreement has not been finalized as prescribed in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a), either party may appeal to the county superintendent of schools, if the county superintendent is not participating in the local plan involved in the nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency contract, or the superintendent, if the county superintendent is participating in the local plan involved in the contract, to negotiate the contract. Within 30 days of receipt of this appeal, the county superintendent or the superintendent, or his or her designee, shall mediate the formulation of a contract, which shall be binding upon both parties.

(d) A master contract for special education and related services provided by a nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency may not be authorized under this part, unless the school or agency has been certified as meeting those standards relating to the required special education and specified related services and facilities for individuals with exceptional needs. The certification shall result in the school or agency receiving approval to educate pupils under this part for a period no longer than 18 months from the date of the initial approval.

(e) By September 30, 1998, the procedures, methods, and regulations for the purposes of contracting for nonpublic, nonsectarian school and agency services pursuant to this section and for reimbursement pursuant to Sections 56836.16 and 56836.20 shall be developed by the superintendent in consultation with statewide organizations representing providers of special education and designated instruction and services. The regulations shall be established by rules and regulations issued by the board.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 22, Sec. 47. Effective January 1, 2006.)