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Elementary and Secondary Schools

ASL as a Foreign Language
Education Dept.  
American Sign Language is an acceptable language to complete the foreign language requirement in elementary and secondary school. MN Statute 120B.18

Education Support Services
Education Dept.  
The commissioner of education will coordinate and may pay for support services (interpreter or notetaker services) for people who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing and need access to educational programs such as adult education programs, adult technical college programs, and avocational education programs in public/private community agencies. The services are for people who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing and have not been able to access programs because of limited support services and are either presently enrolled in educational programs or are considering enrolling. This law allows school districts and non-profits apply to the department of education for funding to cover unexpected interpreter and notetaker costs. The commissioner also hosts in-service training for public/private agencies about needs of adult students who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing. MN Statute 124D.57

Equal Opportunity for Admission to Educational Institutions
Human Rights Dept.   Education Dept.  
It is an "unfair discriminatory" act to exclude, expel or otherwise discriminate against a person seeking admission as a student or a currently enrolled student because they have a disability. It is also an "unfair discriminatory" act to try to elicit information about a person's disability on admission forms or inquiries. Nothing in chapter 363A of Minnesota's statutes can be misused to prohibit programs, services, facilities, or other privileges to people with disabilities. MN Statutes 363A.13 and 363A.25
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Identifying Children with Disabilities
Education Dept.  
School districts need to create a system to identify children with disabilities starting at birth and while students attend public and nonpublic schools. The system must also identify school-aged children with disabilities that do not attend school. MN Rule 3525.0750

Medical Assistance in Schools
Education Dept.   Human Services Dept.  
A school district can become a provider in the medical assistance program for health care services that are related to special education services. For the school district to be reimbursed for its services, it must provide services that are covered by the medical assistance program and comply with federal requirements of the program. The school district can contract out the services or contract with another entity to assist with billing for the services. When the school district pays for the cost of providing services its payment method cannot reduce the funding for special education programs. MN Statute 125A.74

Payment of Education Support Services
Education Dept.  
The commissioner of education must use money from the general fund to cover 100 percent of the costs faced by school districts' in providing support services and telecommunications/Internet access equity aids to students who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing. MN Statute 127A.45

Physical Education for Special Education Students
Education Dept.  
Developmental adapted physical education: special education, "means specially designed physical education instruction and services for pupils with disabilities who have a substantial delay or disorder in physical development." This type of education is for students from age 3 to 21 and includes physical fitness, motor fitness, fundamental motor skills and patterns, skills in aquatics, dance, individual and group games, and sports. Students who are deafblind, deaf, or hard of hearing are eligible for this program. MN Rule 3525.1352

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