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Special Education Department

***Important Info***

Special Education and Open Enrollment Transportation:
Students who have received open enrollment special education transportation for MPS be allowed to continue with that service for the length of their educational career at MPS in the greater metro (20 miles from Minneapolis border). 

Students who have received special education transportation at MPS, but have moved out of MPS due to housing instability, will also have the opportunity to utilize open enrollment special education transportation for the length of their educational career at MPS in the greater metro (20 miles from Minneapolis border).

HHM and Transportation:
Students who were identified as experiencing homelessness during the 2019-20 school year who stabilized outside of their transportation zone before July 1, 2020 and remained enrolled in their school (or pathway school) will continue to receive extended transportation. This would apply to students living within the greater metro (20 miles from Minneapolis border). This extension will apply to the 2020-21 school year.

This is supportive of our commitment to educational stability for our most educationally vulnerable students.  It also supports our families who have to make the move out of MPS due to the lack of affordable housing options in our community.  


Minneapolis Public Schools offers a wide-range of Special Education programs and services. To receive special education services, a student must first be evaluated and meet state criteria. Once qualified, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is developed for the student. Programs and services are provided to students and their families beginning at birth through age 21 or completion of a secondary education program. Special education is also available for students who live in Minneapolis that attend nonpublic schools.

Mission Statement
The special education department is relentlessly focused on students receiving individualized services and equitable instruction in their least restrictive environment. We are committed to educational evaluations and services that are not predicted by a student’s race.