Archive for May, 2012

Planning Amounts to Be Available for Formula Grants

Planning amounts for the following formula grants will be available on the Division of Grants Administration Federal Entitlements page on or around the dates specified: 2012–2013 Title I, Part C, Carl D. Perkins formula grant: Planning amounts available on or around June 1, 2012. Programs included in the 2012–2013 Special Education Consolidated Application: Planning amounts […]

Sequestration: Preparing for a Possible Reduction in Federal Funds

On May 29, 2012, the Division of Grants Administration published a letter on the TEA Correspondence page describing the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA’s) response to a possible reduction in federal education funding. Known as sequestration, the possible reduction in funds is anticipated to total approximately $4.1 billion nationally for the 2012–2013 school and grant year. To prepare for […]

Another Leaving a Clear Trail Update: 2012 Minimum Standards Are Here!

Etta James said it best: “At Last . . . ” The Minimum Standards for the AAR have been revised for 2012. The new document has been published to the TEA website. As expected, the changes reflect the new STAAR EOC assessments. Key changes for Special Education: Coding requirements for the unique Service-ID codes for modified […]

2012-2013 Tentative Entitlements

The Texas Education Agency has given a tentative date of June 1 for the release of the federal special education tentative entitlements for 2012-2013. When more information is release from the Texas Education Agency, a blog will be posted. For assistance with your egrant application, contact Linda McDaniel at or 512.919.5225 or Shirley Sanford at […]

2012-2013 Special Education Leadership Network Meetings

ESC Region XIII’s leadership network for special education directors will focus on state and regional priorities and is intended to provide current information and networking opportunities for directors as they implement special education programs in their LEAs.  A variety of topics will be addressed at each meeting based on the unique needs of the network. […]

Still Time to Register for Professional Development This Summer

Listed below are a few of the professional deveopment opportunities available at ESC Region XIII this summer.  For more opportunities, please visit the E-Campus Region XIII’s Online Catalog at 2012 Inclusion Institute for Secondary Teachers (SU1220803) and 2012 Inclusion Institute Virtual Conference (SU1224145) – The 2nd annual Inclusion Institute on June 15 will feature […]

TEA News: Indirect Cost Rates and MOE

The TEA Division of Federal Program Compliance has issued new guidance regarding indirect cost rates and IDEA Maintenance of Effort, and NCLB Maintenance. See TEA News: Indirect Cost Rates and Maintenance of Effort for information. For assistance, contact: Linda McDaniel at or Shirley Sanford at

2010-2011 LEA Public Reporting: District Profiles

The 2010-2011 LEA Public Reports (disrict profiles) have been posted. The reports can be viewed at

OSEP Clarifies Purpose Of ECI Group Transition Conferences

During the week of October 24, 2011, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) conducted a continuous improvement visit to the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS).  Based on this visit, OSEP sent a letter to DARS dated February 27, 2012 which specified that the use of group transition conferences conducted by Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) […]

OSEP Retracks Previous Guidance on MOE Fiscal Effort

OLD July 2011 OSEP guidance in the past has been that LEAs noncompliant with MOE could pay back an amount equal to the amount of noncompliance. Then, the new MOE threshold would be the prior year’s level of expenditures. Basically the MOE threshold would be lowered when funds were paid back. Some LEAs chose to reduce special education […]

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