No nonpublic school or entity shall receive payments from an eligible applicant for services for a qualified special education child under the Jon Peterson special needs scholarship program until the school or entity registers with the superintendent of public instruction. The superintendent shall register and designate as a registered private provider any nonpublic school or entity that meets the following requirements:
(A) The school or entity complies with the antidiscrimination provisions of 42 U.S.C. 2000d, regardless of whether the school or entity receives federal financial assistance.
(B) If the school or entity is not chartered by the state board under section 3301.16 of the Revised Code, the school or entity agrees to comply with sections 3319.39, 3319.391, and 3319.392 of the Revised Code as if it were a school district.
(C) The teaching and nonteaching professionals employed by the school or entity, or employed by any subcontractors of the school or entity, hold credentials determined by the state board to be appropriate for the qualified special education children enrolled in the special education program it operates.
(D) The school's or entity's educational program shall be approved by the department of education.
(E) The school or entity meets applicable health and safety standards established by law.
(F) The school or entity agrees to retain on file documentation as required by the department of education.
(G) The school or entity agrees to provide a record of the implementation of the individualized education program for each qualified special education child enrolled in the school's or entity's special education program, including evaluation of the child's progress, to the school district in which the child is entitled to attend school, in the form and manner prescribed by the department.
(H) The school or entity agrees that, if it declines to enroll a particular qualified special education child, it will notify in writing the eligible applicant of its reasons for declining to enroll the child.
Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28,HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.