2018 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 70. Schools
§70-13-101. Special education and related services for children with disabilities - Cooperative programs - Funding - Duty to provide special services.

Universal Citation: 70 OK Stat § 70-13-101 (2018)

The several school districts of Oklahoma are hereby authorized to provide special education and related services necessary for children with disabilities as hereinafter defined. Two or more school districts may establish cooperative programs of special education for children with disabilities when such arrangement is approved by the State Board of Education. Funds may be expended for school services for an additional period during the summer months for approved programs for qualified children with disabilities, provided their individualized education program (I.E.P.) states the need for extended school year special education and related services. Children with disabilities shall mean children, as defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), P.L. No. 105-17, who are three (3) years of age.

Provided, on and after July 1, 1991, children from age birth through two (2) years (0-36 months) of age who meet the eligibility criteria specified in Section 13-123 of this title, shall be served pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Early Intervention Act. The attendance of said children in special education classes shall be included in the average daily membership computations for State Aid purposes.

The State Board of Education is authorized to modify and redefine by regulation the eligibility definitions whenever such modification is required to receive federal assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), P.L. No. 105-17. Rules developed pursuant to Section 18-109.5 of this title shall provide for such modification and revised definitions.

It shall be the duty of each school district to provide special education and related services for all children with disabilities as herein defined who reside in that school district in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), P.L. No. 105-17. This duty may be satisfied by:

1. The district directly providing special education for such children;

2. The district joining in a cooperative program with another district or districts to provide special education for such children;

3. The district joining in a written agreement with a private or public institution, licensed residential child care and treatment facility or day treatment facility within such district to provide special education for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, children who are blind or partially blind or other eligible children with disabilities; or

4. Transferring eligible children and youth with disabilities to other school districts which accept them and provide special education and related services for such children, with the district in which the child resides paying tuition therefor as hereinafter provided. For those students who transfer pursuant to the provisions of the Education Open Transfer Act, the receiving school district shall assume all responsibility for education and shall count the student for federal and state funding purposes according to the provisions of subsection B of Section 13-103 of this title.

Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, § 13-101, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1973, c. 136, § 1, emerg. eff. May 10, 1973; Laws 1975, c. 118, § 1, emerg. eff. May 13, 1975; Laws 1980, c. 211, § 8, eff. July 1, 1981; Laws 1980, c. 267, § 1; Laws 1981, c. 278, § 5, eff. July 1, 1981; Laws 1989, c. 102, § 10, operative July 1, 1989; Laws 1993, c. 116, § 1, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1999, c. 320, § 27, eff. July 1, 1999.

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