CCSA Answers: Can a Student with Special Needs who is over Age 19 Generate ADA?

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August 9, 2012

Question: A student who is eligible for special education services and is over the age of 19 would like to complete his high school education at our charter school. Would we be able to collect ADA for this student? He would be enrolling in our school for the first time.

Answer: According to the Fiscal Services Division of the CDE, under state and federal law, students with disabilities may be eligible to receive services through age 21. However, Education Code 47612 (b) also provides that a charter school cannot generate apportionment for students who are over age 19 who have not been continuously enrolled. The student who is over 19 could not generate apportionment credit from attending a charter school if the student was not continuously enrolled in that school. The student could, however, generate apportionment credit from attending a district school, even if they were not continuously enrolled in that district. Reference Education Code 47612 here.

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