Public schools cannot charge tuition. They are funded through federal, state, and local taxes. When you pay your taxes, you are paying for your child’s education and the education of other children in your community. Due to special education laws, public schools must educate all children, and provide the necessary programs to meet their special needs. This means that most public schools have special education programs and teachers who are trained to work with students who have particular needs.
Public schools admit all children. By law, public schools must educate all children, including students with special needs. To enroll in a public school you simply register your child by filling out the necessary paperwork.
Public schools must follow all federal, state, and local laws in educating children. Such laws usually include specifics about funding, program development, and curriculum.
Youth ages 5 through 21 continue to receive services based on their Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan. These services are to be delivered in the least restrictive environment. The IEP is reviewed annually, if not more often, and re-evaluated at least every three years.
For more information about how your local school district can help your child, contact your local school district’s administrative offices.