Archive for the ‘Special Education Services’ Category

USDE Guidance for Charters and Students with Disabilities

The USDE issued a letter (December 28, 2016) addressing the rights of students with disabilities who apply for or attend charter schools, clarifying that such students retain the rights afforded to them under IDEA, Section 504 and Title II of the ADA. In brief, the letter states student seeking to enroll or attend charter schools […]

OSERS Dear Colleague Letter on Children with Disabilities in Nursing Homes

A “Dear Colleague” letter was released April 26, 2016 regarding the responsibilities of States and school districts in addressing the special educational needs of children with disabilities who reside in nursing homes. The letter clarifies that children with disabilities residing in nursing homes and their parents have the same rights under IDEA that apply to […]

SSA Membership Change Notification Due to TEA by February 1, 2016

From TEA Division of Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting on 1/6/2016: This is a reminder of an upcoming special education deadline that applies only to LEAs planning a change to their special education shared services arrangements (SSAs) for 2016–2017. If you are not making a change to your LEA’s SSA, no notification to TEA is […]

Revisions to IDEA-B MOE Guidance Handbook

In a To The Administrator Addressed letter dated December 10, 2015, TEA notified LEAs of changes to the Guidance Handbook on MOE. LEAs were notified via a TTAA letter pending revision of the Commissioner’s Rule on this topic. To provide LEAs with the guidance they need to calculate MOE for 2014–2015, this letter serves to […]

2015-16 Final Entitlements and 2014-15 Carryover Amounts

Final amounts for programs in the 2015-2016 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application are now available on the Division of Grants Administration Federal Entitlements web page. TEA staff will initiate budget adjustments to the largest budgeted class/object code to incorporate the final amounts and any carryover amounts. The LEA’s approved budget, reflected on Schedule BS6006—Program Budget […]

Approval of Private Nonprofit Equitable Services and Parent Involvement Activities

Effective November 20, 2015, TEA is providing approval of the following types of activities that require prior approval under 2 CFR 200.456. * Equitable services to private nonprofit schools that are required, and therefore allowable, under federal program statute; this includes registration and travel costs for participating in allowable professional development activities * Parental involvement […]

2015-16 Early Intervening Services Data Report Due 12/2/2015

2015-16 Early Intervening Services Data Collection Form LEAs are allowed to expend IDEA-B funds on coordinated early intervening services (CEIS) for students who do not meet the definition of students with a disability. LEAs identified as having Significant Disproportionality must expend 15% of maximum entitlement on CEIS activities. LEAs expending IDEA-B funds for CEIS must […]

Public Review and Comment Period: Proposed Texas Application for IDEA-B Funds

Deadline for Submitting Public Comment: March 31, 2015 For the state of Texas to receive its IDEA Part B grant funds each federal fiscal year, TEA must complete an application packet and submit it to the USDE Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Prior to submission to OSEP, the State Application (Texas) will be available for public […]

IEP Facilitation — New Resources

Education Service Center Region 13 provides resources for parents and professionals on IEP facilitation. The Facilitated IEP (FIEP) webpage hosts a number of resources including: Video of an IEP Meeting showing the administrator using facilitation techniques Parent Handbook for Special Education (download in English or Spanish) The new IEP Facilitation LiveBinder provides more resources and houses the Tools […]

Facilitated ARD/IEP Meetings

Why do Facilitated IEP meetings generate better student results? ARD/IEP meetings benefit from skilled and capable facilitators who can assist the team in crafting agreements that lead to better educational programs for students with disabilities. Facilitation makes the meeting process easier and helps team members communicate and solve problems more effectively. Every team member, parent, […]

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