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Special Education

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children.
The purpose of Special Education is "to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living" (IDEA 2004).

Additional Resources


Native American Parent Guide to Special Education

Medicaid Brochure for Parents (English and Spanish)



GCSD Process for Student Identification to Special Education
Contact the Special Education Department
Special Education Administrative Assistant
Judy Sweeney
Ph: 435-259-5628
Fax: 435-259-7343
Carson Smith Scholarship
Carson Smith

Utah Code Section 53A-1a-704(10) requires that parents of students with an IEP who are enrolled in public schools be notified of the availabilty of a scholarship to attend a private school through the Carson Smith Scholarship Program.

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