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while in most circumstances IDEA requires families to front the cost of private educational services and seek reimbursement from the school district afterwards, in certain circumstances a school district can be required to pay those costs prospectively for poorer families (called “Connors” funding after the court case establishing this doctrine). Some of the intensive-services autism schools had admitted a certain percentage of students from “Connors” families in order to offer opportunities to students whose families could never afford to front the sticker price. Apparently last year NYC refused to pay for services for numerous families whose entitlement to “Connors” funding was not in dispute. And as a result, some of those schools were forced to stop offering placement to “Connors” students because of the resulting gap in revenue, even telling students who were already attending that they could not continue unless they found alternate means of fronting the tuition.