Students with disabilities have broad rights when they attend public school, but federal officials are now weighing in on how the law applies when parents choose private school instead.

The U.S. Department of Education recently issued new guidance clarifying how the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act affects children placed in private schools by their families.

Under IDEA, students with disabilities have the right to a free appropriate public education, or FAPE. But whether or not that entitlement extends to children at private schools depends.

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