The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) contains requirements for timely and meaningful consultation between appropriate public and non-public school officials. The goal of the consultation process is to meet the education needs of eligible nonpublic school students. Consultation between the school district, (local education agency, LEA) and non-public school officials must occur before the LEA makes any decision that affects the opportunity for private school students to participate.
Consultation should continue throughout the implementation and assessment of activities. Ultimately, the LEA officials make the final decisions regarding provision of services after consultation has occurred.