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    Subdivision 1. Two kinds. There are two kinds of admission to the Minnesota State
(a) A pupil who is deaf, hard of hearing, or blind-deaf, may be admitted to the Academy
for the Deaf. A pupil who is blind or visually impaired, blind-deaf, or multiply disabled may be
admitted to the Academy for the Blind. For a pupil to be admitted, two decisions must be made
under sections 125A.03 to 125A.24 and 125A.65.
(1) It must be decided by the individual education planning team that education in regular
or special education classes in the pupil's district of residence cannot be achieved satisfactorily
because of the nature and severity of the deafness or blindness or visual impairment respectively.
(2) It must be decided by the individual education planning team that the academy provides
the most appropriate placement within the least restrictive alternative for the pupil.
(b) A deaf or hard of hearing child or a visually impaired pupil may be admitted to get
socialization skills or on a short-term basis for skills development.
    Subd. 2. Pupils with multiple disabilities eligible to attend. This section does not prevent
a pupil with disabilities in addition to being
(1) deaf or hard of hearing, or
(2) blind or visually impaired
from attending the Academy for the Deaf or the Academy for the Blind, respectively.
    Subd. 3. Out-of-state admissions. An applicant from another state who can benefit from
attending either academy may be admitted to the academy if the admission does not prevent an
eligible Minnesota resident from being admitted. The board of the Minnesota State Academies
must obtain reimbursement from the other state for the costs of the out-of-state admission. The
state board may enter into an agreement with the appropriate authority in the other state for the
reimbursement. Money received from another state must be deposited in the special revenue fund
and credited to the general operating account of the academies. The money is appropriated to
the academies.
    Subd. 4. Compulsory attendance. The compulsory attendance provisions of section
120A.22 apply to attendance at the academies. Attendance may be excused under that section by
the commissioner of education or a designee. A person who fails to comply with section 120A.22
is subject to section 120A.26. The academies' administrator must exercise the duties imposed on a
superintendent by section 120A.26. Attendance at the Academy for the Deaf or the Academy for
the Blind fulfills the requirements of sections 125A.03 to 125A.24 and 125A.65. The academies
are subject to sections 121A.40 to 121A.45, the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act of 1970, as amended.
History: 1976 c 271 s 70; 1985 c 240 s 5; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 384 art 1 s 55; 1989 c 220 s 2;
1991 c 265 art 11 s 12; 1Sp1995 c 3 art 11 s 16,17; art 16 s 13; 1998 c 397 art 11 s 3; 1999 c 241
art 2 s 29,30; 2003 c 130 s 12; 2005 c 56 s 1; 2006 c 263 art 5 s 6

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