Archive for the ‘Parent’ Category

Beat the Heat – T-TESS & Special Education Summer PD

Need professional development for your staff serving students ages 3-21 with significant disabilities? We have the local solution with two ways to attend! Beat the Heat 2018 – June 21-22 Attend in Person Attend Online Register for SU1836780 ESC Region 13 5701 Springdale Rd. Austin, TX 78723 Full Conference Schedule $110.00 Register for SU1839863 Online […]

Aug/Sept Parental Involvement Connection is available

The August/September newsletter, The Parental Involvement CONNECTION, is available in English and Spanish.  This edition of the newsletter includes articles about back-to-school checklist, after-school snacks, school bus safety, and awareness of marijuana use. You may print the newsletter or place the link on your school website or forward the link to your families, but you must […]

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 […]

10th Annual Statewide Parental Involvement Conference!

The Statewide Parental Involvement Conference is December 4-6, 2014 at the San Marcos Embassy Suites and Convention Center, in San Marcos.  This conference is for LEA staff and parents. The conference program and registration brochure is available on-line at: Scroll down and click on Title I Statewide Initiative Please take advantage of this opportunity to […]

IEP Facilitation: New State Program and Optional LEA Program

On September 12, 2014, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced the state-sponsored individualized education program (IEP) facilitation project. Information related to the project may be found at the TEA IEP Facilitation website. The TEA website also describes an optional IEP facilitation process that a district or charter school may choose to provide. The attached flyer […]

New Federal Regulations Related to Parental Consent to Access Public Benefits or Insurance

On Thursday, February 14th, the Final Regulations related to parental consent for the use of public benefits or insurance (e.g., Medicaid) to pay for services under Part B of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) were published in the Federal Register.  The Final Regulations change the requirements in 34 CFR 300.154(d) related to parental consent […]

Updated Surrogate Parent Training Materials

Materials for training surrogate parents have been updated by the Statewide Parent Coordination Lead, ESC Region 9.   Districts have flexibility in determining how they wish to use the powerpoint and are not required to use this powerpoint for training.  If you choose not  to use the updated powerpoint, you will want to review the table of contents to ensure that the […]

Facilitating IEPs (FIEP) Survey — ACTION REQUESTED

TEA is gathering data by region on the use of Facilitation Models. ARD members where a facilitator (or facilitation) has been used are encouraged to complete one of two surveys. #1. FIEP Tracking Survey Instructions: “You are receiving this survey because you attended at least one admission, review, and dismissal committee (ARDC) meeting this year in which a facilitator (or facilitation) […]

Procedural Safeguard Contacts

For the next printing of your Procedural Safeguards, please update contact information for the ESC and Parent Training Information Center sections on the last page:   1.Education Service Center Contact Please list one of the following:   Joy Hunsucker 512-919-5177     OR Laura Abbott 512-919-5207    2. Parent Center Contact Pat Alvarez is the new Regional Coordinator for The […]

TEA Legal Services Websites and DPH Decisions Available Online

The TEA Legal Services website  now includes special education information regarding due process hearings and mediation.  The information was previously maintained by the Special Education Division. It may be worthwhile to check and update your internet bookmarks. The following special education information can be found on the Legal Services, Special Education website. 1.      Due Process Hearing […]

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