Unilateral vs. Parental Placement

School Districts often use words or phrases interchangeably that do not mean the same thing. You have likely seen the phrases "Unilaterally Placed" and "Parentally Placed" on your child's IEP or documents. Some parents may assume that these are just technical ways of saying that the student is in a private school, but as often is the case with the school district, it is a more complicated than that. Read on to understand the meaning of each phrase and the distinction. The key is to remember these three points: 1. Parental placement means you are going to pay for the private school or program yourself at your own expense, and will not be looking for funding or reimbursement from the district.

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