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Under what circumstances and what law mandates the Lawrence district to pay for the private education of a student?

State and federal laws mandate that public school districts provide a free and appropriate education for all students. If a necessary program can't be provided in-house, the district is obligated to place the student elsewhere and pay for it, according to Bruce Passman, director of special services for the Lawrence public school district.

Passman said the district paid $226,000 in private tuition last year for a student with disabilities.

It was a rare instance in which the district couldn't meet a student's academic needs, he said.

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