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Can A school district decide to cancel a IEP Program due to budget cuts? Can the just cancel a program because there is not enough money for the program? Are there any laws that can prevent this from happening?

Dear Jair,

Your question asked whether a school can decide to cancel an IEP program due to budget cuts. Schools are obligated to provide students with free appropriate public education. They can not simply terminate a program because they do not have enough money. Further, if the school as a whole is experiencing budget cuts, it must assure that the efforts to achieve a balanced budget are distributed fairly among all students, rather than by simply cutting special education programs or the program for a particular student.

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