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How can I request general education placement if the district offers a segregated placement?

How can I request general education placement if the district offers a segregated placement?


Published: May. 30, 2024

If your child's school district offers a specialized placement but you would prefer to enroll your child in a general education placement, you can ask for that during the IEP process.

You should tour the school/classroom that the district offers and list why this would not be an appropriate placement for your child. (See our school tour checklist here.) You may also want to review the resources in our inclusion article to discuss with your IEP team about the benefits of inclusion in gen ed.

If the district won’t budge, you can potentially find private placement, file due process, send a 10-day letter of intent to leave the school, and see if the school will pay for the private placement. See Private School 101 for more information about this route.

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