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Illinois: Law proposed to extend SPED services through year studens turn 22

Dec 4, 2019, JDSupra: Are Extended Special Education Services Coming to Illinois? https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/are-extended-special-education-services-30619/ IAASE recently reported that HB 3897 is currently making its way through the Illinois legislative process. This bill would expand special education eligibility to students through the school year in which they turn 22. Currently, students who have not yet received a diploma are eligible for services through the day before their 22nd birthday. Note that federal funding does not cover students beyond the age of 21…. What are other states doing? We found a 2007 OSEP memo that detailed the ages of eligibility for all 50 states. As of 2007, six states and the District of Columbia provided for students to continue to receive FAPE after their 22nd birthdays, some through the end of that semester and some through the end of that school year or beyond. …Accordingly, extending eligibility beyond the age of 21 is becoming more common but continues to be the law in a minority of states….