Section 1401 (9)

(9) Free appropriate public education

  • The term “free appropriate public education” means special education and related services that—
    • (A) have been provided at public expense, under public supervision and direction, and without charge;
    • (B) meet the standards of the State educational agency;
    • (C) include an appropriate preschool, elementary school, or secondary school education in the State involved; and
    • (D) are provided in conformity with the individualized education program required under section 1414(d) of this title.

    (10) Repealed. Pub. L. 114–95, title IX, §9214(d)(1), Dec. 10, 2015, 129 Stat. 2164

    (11) Homeless children

  • The term “homeless children” has the meaning given the term “homeless children and youths” in section 11434a of title 42.
  • (12) Indian

  • The term “Indian” means an individual who is a member of an Indian tribe.
  • (13) Indian tribe

  • The term “Indian tribe” means any Federal or State Indian tribe, band, rancheria, pueblo, colony, or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional village corporation (as defined in or established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.)).
  • (14) Individualized education program; IEP

  • The term “individualized education program” or “IEP” means a written statement for each child with a disability that is developed, reviewed, and revised in accordance with section 1414(d) of this title.
  • (15) Individualized family service plan

  • The term “individualized family service plan” has the meaning given the term in section 1436 of this title.
  • (16) Infant or toddler with a disability

  • The term “infant or toddler with a disability” has the meaning given the term in section 1432 of this title.
  • (17) Institution of higher education

  • The term “institution of higher education”—
    • (A) has the meaning given the term in section 1001 of this title; and
    • (B) also includes any college or university receiving funding from the Secretary of the Interior under the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978 [25 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.].

    (18) Limited English proficient

  • The term “limited English proficient” has the meaning given the term “English learner” in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 [20 U.S.C. 7801].
  • (19) Local educational agency

      (A) In general

    • The term “local educational agency” means a public board of education or other public authority legally constituted within a State for either administrative control or direction of, or to perform a service function for, public elementary schools or secondary schools in a city, county, township, school district, or other political subdivision of a State, or for such combination of school districts or counties as are recognized in a State as an administrative agency for its public elementary schools or secondary schools.
    • (B) Educational service agencies and other public institutions or agencies

    • The term includes—
      • (i) an educational service agency; and
      • (ii) any other public institution or agency having administrative control and direction of a public elementary school or secondary school.

      (C) BIA funded schools

    • The term includes an elementary school or secondary school funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, but only to the extent that such inclusion makes the school eligible for programs for which specific eligibility is not provided to the school in another provision of law and the school does not have a student population that is smaller than the student population of the local educational agency receiving assistance under this chapter with the smallest student population, except that the school shall not be subject to the jurisdiction of any State educational agency other than the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

    (20) Native language

  • The term “native language”, when used with respect to an individual who is limited English proficient, means the language normally used by the individual or, in the case of a child, the language normally used by the parents of the child.
  • (21) Nonprofit

  • The term “nonprofit”, as applied to a school, agency, organization, or institution, means a school, agency, organization, or institution owned and operated by 1 or more nonprofit corporations or associations no part of the net earnings of which inures, or may lawfully inure, to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.
  • (22) Outlying area

  • The term “outlying area” means the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • (23) Parent

  • The term “parent” means—
    • (A) a natural, adoptive, or foster parent of a child (unless a foster parent is prohibited by State law from serving as a parent);
    • (B) a guardian (but not the State if the child is a ward of the State);
    • (C) an individual acting in the place of a natural or adoptive parent (including a grandparent, stepparent, or other relative) with whom the child lives, or an individual who is legally responsible for the child’s welfare; or
    • (D) except as used in sections 1415(b)(2) and 1439(a)(5) of this title, an individual assigned under either of those sections to be a surrogate parent.

    (24) Parent organization

  • The term “parent organization” has the meaning given the term in section 1471(g) of this title.
  • (25) Parent training and information center

  • The term “parent training and information center” means a center assisted under section 1471 or 1472 of this title.
  • (26) Related services

      (A) In general

    • The term “related services” means transportation, and such developmental, corrective, and other supportive services (including speech-language pathology and audiology services, interpreting services, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy, recreation, including therapeutic recreation, social work services, school nurse services designed to enable a child with a disability to receive a free appropriate public education as described in the individualized education program of the child, counseling services, including rehabilitation counseling, orientation and mobility services, and medical services, except that such medical services shall be for diagnostic and evaluation purposes only) as may be required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education, and includes the early identification and assessment of disabling conditions in children.
    • (B) Exception

    • The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of such device.

    (27) Secondary school

  • The term “secondary school” means a nonprofit institutional day or residential school, including a public secondary charter school, that provides secondary education, as determined under State law, except that it does not include any education beyond grade 12.
  • (28) Secretary

  • The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Education.
  • (29) Special education

  • The term “special education” means specially designed instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability, including—
    • (A) instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and in other settings; and
    • (B) instruction in physical education.

    (30) Specific learning disability

      (A) In general

    • The term “specific learning disability” means a disorder in 1 or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, which disorder may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations.
    • (B) Disorders included

    • Such term includes such conditions as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.
    • (C) Disorders not included

    • Such term does not include a learning problem that is primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities, of intellectual disabilities, of emotional disturbance, or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage.

    (31) State

  • The term “State” means each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and each of the outlying areas.
  • (32) State educational agency

  • The term “State educational agency” means the State board of education or other agency or officer primarily responsible for the State supervision of public elementary schools and secondary schools, or, if there is no such officer or agency, an officer or agency designated by the Governor or by State law.
  • (33) Supplementary aids and services

  • The term “supplementary aids and services” means aids, services, and other supports that are provided in regular education classes or other education-related settings to enable children with disabilities to be educated with nondisabled children to the maximum extent appropriate in accordance with section 1412(a)(5) of this title.
  • (34) Transition services

  • The term “transition services” means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that—
    • (A) is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation;
    • (B) is based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences, and interests; and
    • (C) includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.

    (35) Universal design

  • The term “universal design” has the meaning given the term in section 3002 of title 29.
  • (36) Ward of the State

      (A) In general

    • The term “ward of the State” means a child who, as determined by the State where the child resides, is a foster child, is a ward of the State, or is in the custody of a public child welfare agency.
    • (B) Exception

    • The term does not include a foster child who has a foster parent who meets the definition of a parent in paragraph (23).

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