Archive for August, 2013

TTAA IDEA-B MOE Action Plan for FY 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

TEA issued a To the Administrator Addressed Letter on August 30, 2013 outlining how the state will make IDEA MOE compliance determinations for the fiscal years 2010 – 2013. The letter provides: anticipated timelines for processing each fiscal year and, if determined noncompliant, procedures for submitting exceptions and requesting reconsideration. The letter also details how any […]

IDEA MOE Changes Effective 2013-2014

TEA posted new guidance on its IDEA MOE webpage outlining the methodology for determining MOE compliance beginning 2013-14. The Handbook states: MOE is only one of several fiscal compliance requirements governing the expenditure of federal funds on students with disabilities. Others include excess cost and coordinated early intervening services (CEIS) requirements. To assist LEAs, this handbook includes […]

Non Ed Funds — Reimbursement Request Reminder

The Clock is Ticking! As per the Letter of Agreement, LEAs must request reimbursement for 2012-2013 expenses.   Specifically, each student’s Letter of Agreement states the following: DUE DATE: The Final Expenditure Report for this student, with original signature, must be submitted to Region XIII by September 15, 2013.  Services may need to end prior to […]

High Cost Fund Update

Information about High Cost Funds (HCF) is available on the TEA website. The criteria remains basically the same in that the LEA may request a High Cost Fund award provided that: the LEA has not violated the least restrictive environment requirements of IDEA 2004; has not lapsed IDEA-B Formula or Formula Deaf funds from the previous […]

Changes in Fiscal Guidance for 2013-2014 Grants

News from the TEA Division of Grants Administration An errata notice has been posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities page for all 2013-2014 grants. 1. Change in Cost Principles Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, and extending into future school years, the cost principles applicable to all LEAs, including all open-enrollment charter schools, will be […]

TEA Timeline for Implementation of Bills

TEA is developing a To the Administrator Addressed (TAA) letter outlining the timelines for specific bills related to special education. The TAA will include information relative to items impacting LEAs at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year: parent requests for ARDC meetings, evaluations, transition and employment first personnel, O and M evals and ARDC meetings, BIPS, dyslexia reporting, STAAR […]

SPP Data Submission Deadline

All districts/charter schools must submit and certify data for State Performance Plan (SPP) indicators 7, 11, 12, 13, and 14 no later than Friday, August 30, 2013. Data for each indicator must be submitted and certified through TEASE  (access through TEAL). More information can be found in the SPP LiveBinder from Region 13. Approximately half of districts […]

TEA News Release Regarding HB 5 Transition

The Texas Education Agency has provided school districts and charter schools more information regarding HB 5 transition in the August 2 News Release. Information about the Redesign of the STAAR Alternate Program and STAAR Modified Program are included in the News Release.    

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