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School districts are expected to provide services for students with disabilities.
There are laws protecting those students’ rights, and special funds – though they aren’t sufficient – that school districts receive from the state and federal governments to provide them services.
Still, sometimes districts just can’t provide what a student needs. That’s where nonpublic schools come in.
A nonpublic school serves students with special needs and operates independently of school districts, but still receives public funds. In cases where school districts cannot provide adequate services to a student with disabilities, the district will pay for him or her to attend one of these schools.