O.C.G.A § 20-2-133(b)
In 2006, the Georgia Legislature passed Senate Bill 618 transferring the education responsibility for children in state custody from state agencies, the Department of Human Services(DHS) or the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), or the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) to Local Education Agencies (LEAs). This bill amended Section 20-2-133 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A).
As a result, the following students are eligible for enrollment in the educational programs of a local school district.
- All students who are “in the physical or legal custody” of the DJJ or the DHS or DBHDD.
- Students in a placement operated by the DHS.
- Students in a facility or placement paid for by the DJJ or the DHR or any of its divisions or DBHDD.
- Students physically present within the geographical area served by a local school district for any length of time.
Under this legislation, students eligible for enrollment in the local school system under the amended O.C.G.A § 20-2-133 receive a free education, consistent with Georgia’s Constitution and in conformance with Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Residential Treatment Facilities (RTFs) meeting the above criteria must apply for services to the Georgia Department of Education through the LEA in which they are geographically located.