ORS 343.236¹
Special education provided by state through local, county or regional program
  • rules

(1)(a) The Superintendent of Public Instruction may provide special education on a local, county or regional basis without regard to county boundaries in all areas of the state for children who:

(A) Have a visual impairment;

(B) Are deaf or hard of hearing;

(C) Are deafblind;

(D) Have an orthopedic impairment;

(E) Have autism spectrum disorder; or

(F) Have traumatic brain injury.

(b) The superintendent shall designate one of the regional programs that provides special education to children who are blind or visually impaired to provide statewide coordination and technical assistance related to the provision of services described in ORS 346.315 (Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund) (2).

(c) The program designated under paragraph (b) of this subsection may receive moneys from the Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund established under ORS 346.315 (Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund) and distribute those moneys to other regional programs.

(2) The Superintendent of Public Instruction may operate and administer a local, county or regional program of special education or the superintendent may contract for the operation and administration of the program with a school district or an education service district.

(3) The State Board of Education by rule shall establish eligibility criteria and educational standards for the programs described in subsection (1) of this section and those programs in the school operated under ORS 346.010 (Training and educational services for children who are deaf).

(4) A school district that contracts to provide a program under this section shall be paid for the state-approved program as determined and funded by the Legislative Assembly. Contracting school districts are authorized to negotiate supplemental programs with participating school districts. [1965 c.100 §401; 1975 c.621 §7; 1985 c.555 §2; 1991 c.167 §24; 1991 c.795 §14; 1993 c.749 §16; 2003 c.226 §18; 2005 c.306 §1; 2007 c.858 §70; 2009 c.562 §§11,12; 2019 c.310 §3]

Chapter 343

Notes of Decisions

As handicapped children are entitled under this chapter to receive special educa­tion and related services free of charge, where private residential place­ment for handicapped child has been found necessary, tui­tion expense must be borne by school district, and this obliga­tion is not limited to school year. Mahoney v. Adm. Sch. Dist. No. 1, 42 Or App 665, 601 P2d 826 (1979)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 343—Special Education and Other Specialized Education Services, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors343.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 343, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano343.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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