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Special Education

Age of Eligibility for Free and Appropriate Public Education

On August 30, 2023, we received updated information Carole L. Clancy, Director of the PDE Bureau of Special Education, regarding the amended Age of Eligibility Policy. informed all Local Education Agencies (LEAs) titled Change in Age of Eligibility for Free and Appropriate Public Education.

The information states that "[t]he Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is writing to communicate an important policy change that will provide continued education services to special education students. This policy change will ensure students can access Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) as they are entitled under federal law."

"Effective no later than September 5, 2023, all students entitled to FAPE and all of the rights and procedural safeguards under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Chapter 14 of Title 22 of the Pennsylvania Code may remain enrolled in public school until they turn 22 years of age. This includes students who turned 21 and exited during or after the 2022-2023 school term."

Learn more about IDEA-B Regulations and Policies on PDE's website

Special Education Change of Age Eligibility.

Change of Age Eligibility FAQ


Programs for Exceptional Learners

The Butler Area School District is responsible for providing children with disabilities a Free Appropriate Public Education or FAPE. FAPE is a federal mandate that all children with disabilities must receive appropriate educational programs, tailored to their unique needs, from which they receive educational benefit at no cost to families.

The special education programs operated by the Butler Area School District comply with the provisions of Pennsylvania Regulations for Special Education, Chapter 14. These programs are designed specifically for the individual student and are based upon evaluation information provided by each child’s Multidisciplinary Team. 

Contact Information

Aaron Royhab
Director of Special Education


Cari Boozel
Assistant Director of Special Education


Curt Springer
Assistant Director of Behavioral Services


Beth Samson
Transition Coordinator