I would love to hear your thoughts on this. We have been trying to get one of our children seen by the public school system for a minor speech impediment. We have gone around and around, and ultimately the school is refusing to treat our child "because that is their policy". They don't treat homeschooled children. Period. Apparently this goes for children who attend private schools too. According to the law, however, public schools in our state are NEITHER PROHIBITED NOR REQUIRED to treat homeschooled children. So why would they not treat a child, if they are not prohibited to by law, and that child's family is paying their salary? Am I just too close to this situation to see clearly or does this seem unethical? When I asked what options homeschoolers have, I was told we would have to pay for private therapy. We are already paying $540 a month on private therapy for Ava, in addition to her school therapy, so it is hard for me to think of adding more to that when we are already paying taxes, that should, in my opinion, qualify us for school therapy. what am I missing here? Other schools in the area do treat homeschooled children, I am told. So WHY wouldn't they? The only answer we have gotten is that "it is their policy". I am trying to decide whether to keep pursuing this, or just drop it, which is why I would like to hear your thoughts.
This is what the law says:
Although LEAs are still responsible for child find activities to ensure that homeschooled children with disabilities are located, identified, and evaluated, and that a FAPE is available if their parents choose to enroll them in public schools. LEAs are neither required nor prohibited by federal or Oklahoma State law to treat homeschooled children as children enrolled in private schools (because the decision to homeschool a child is a decision to refuse the right to a FAPE, and thus, special education and related services at the expense of the LEA).
By the way, I have no idea what an LEA is.