Archive for April, 2015

USDE Encourages Use of Informal Dispute Resolution Options

In a recent USDE Letter dated April 15, 2015, the department encourages LEAs to use informal means, when possible, to resolve differences with parents. In Texas, LEAs are encouraged to use three levels of facilitation as a alternative to the formal procedures of complaint, mediation and due process hearings. The letter concludes by stating: LEAs […]

Additional Opportunity for the Training on EDGAR Regulations

On December 26, 2014, new regulations from the Office of Management and Budget (OMG) went into effect for all federal agencies that award grants, including the US Department of Education (USDE). The TEA website has details on the new regulations that are now referred to as the New EDGAR. The New EDGAR governs all federal […]

eGrants 2015-16 Application and Planning Amounts

Corey Green stated today (April 16, 2015) in a TETN training that the New EDGAR requires changes in federal applications and supporting documents, e.g., Application Schedules, Program Guidelines, and NOGAs. Opening of the grant application with planning amounts may be delayed due to these changes. Anticipated Opening of IDEA eGrants: End of May 2015 Planning amounts for 2015-16 […]

Legal Framework Update #1

The Procedural Safeguards and  Parent Guide to the ARD process have been posted to the Legal Framework.  The corresponding comparison documents have also been posted. Last week two frameworks from the Transfer category were published : Children Who Transfer and Children in Substitute Care.   Yesterday the frameworks Review of Existing Evaluation Data and Summary of […]

Parent Guide to the ARD Process, March 2015

Yes it is finally here!  We now have a revised Parent Guide to the ARD Process, March 2015.  A copy of the new Parent Guide needs to be distributed to parents of all students in special education. Region 13 will provide copies of the Parent Guide to the ARD Process to districts within our service […]

Determination of Eligibility for STAAR A and Spring 2015 Testing

In response to reports of increased interest in students taking STAAR A since the release of the commissioner’s decisions regarding the 2015 accountability ratings, the following TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED communication has been sent by TEA. SUBJECT:  Determination of Eligibility for STAAR A and Spring 2015 Testing This correspondence is to remind you of the […]

SPP Data Submission for 2014-15

The deadline for submission of data for State Performance Plan (SPP) Indicators 7, 11, 12, 13, and 14 is August 12, 2015. All districts and charter schools must report data for each indicator through TEASE, even if you are reporting that no students in your district meet criteria for that indicator. TEA has posted the […]

IDEA MOE Fiscal Requirements: Excess Cost and MOE

Budget Planning for 2015-16 is here. In preparation, each LEA is required to conduct fiscal compliance calculations prior to applying for and receiving federal funds (SPED Consolidated grant application). Fiscal Requirement #1: Excess Cost Calculation IDEA-B funds must only be spent on the excess cost of serving students with disabilities (SWD). Excess costs are those costs over and […]

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