Senate Bill 10 Option for students with special needs









Senate Bill 10 Option for students with special needs

Under a new state law passed by the Georgia legislature in 2007, parents of students who receive special education services may request to transfer their child to another public or private school in Georgia provided that their child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and has been enrolled for a full academic year in a Georgia public school.

Private School Choice Option
Parents who are interested in transferring their child to a private school in Georgia may be able to take advantage of a Georgia Special Needs Scholarship. These scholarships provide funding that can be used to offset tuition costs at participating private schools in the state of Georgia. If the private school choice option is used, the student must apply and be enrolled in an approved private school prior to September 11, 2009. For more information on the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship and the application process, please visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website at http://public.doe.k12.ga.us/sb10.aspx.

Public School Choice Option
Parents can request for their child to transfer to another public school within their school district as long as there is available space at that school and the school has a program with the services in the student’s existing IEP. In addition, the specific program within the school must also have available space. If the parent chooses this option, then the parent shall be responsible for transportation.

Other Public School Districts Option
Parents may request a transfer to a school in another school district if there is available space and the system/school has the program with the services in the student’s existing IEP. However, the school district must agree to accept the student. If the parent chooses this option and the school district accepts the child, then the parent shall be responsible for transportation to a school in that district. If you are interested in your child attending a school in another system, please contact that system directly.

A parent may also request a transfer to one of the state schools for the deaf and/or blind operated by the State Board of Education. Acceptance into a state school will depend on whether the setting is appropriate for the student’s needs. If the parent chooses this option, then the parent shall be responsible for transportation to the state school. Please contact the Georgia Department of Education for more information about transferring to a State School.

Parents who wish to consider this option must submit the request form via fax or U.S. mail by June 12, 2009 to:

Gwinnett County Public Schools
ATTN: Special Education Department / SB10
437 Old Peachtree Road, NW
Suwanee, GA 30024-2978
Fax: 678-301-7222

Gwinnett County Public Schools’ long and successful history of providing exceptional services to our special education students and their families is a legacy of pride. For additional information, please contact Special Education and Psychological Services at 678-301-6000.