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Disabled students who move from one state to another are not entitled under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to immediate reimbursement for private schooling even if they were awarded such funds in their previous home state, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The decision by a unanimous three-judge panel in Michael C. v. Radnor Township School District means that a state is not required to implement any other state’s “individualized education plan,” or IEP, but instead can insist that the student go through the process of having a new IEP established in his new home state.

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