Archive for the ‘Special Education Services’ Category

Recruiting Teachers of the Visually Impaired

Do you worry about being able to hire VI teachers? Do you have to search high and low to fill vacancies?  If so… It’s the time of the year to recruit teachers of the visually impaired!  To address the shortage of VI teachers and the needs of a growing number of students with visual impairments, […]

TEA Hosting Two Public Hearings on Draft Strategic Plan for Special Education

The Texas Education Agency is hosting two public hearings on the draft Strategic plan for Special Education. Thursday, April 12, at Education Service Center Region 1, 1900 West Schunior, in Edinburg and Monday, April 16, at Education Service Center Region 10, 400 East Spring Valley Road, in Richardson. The hearings will begin at 1:00 pm […]

Procedural Safeguards and Special Education Side by Side

The updated versions of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards and the Special Education Rules and Regulations (also known as the Side by Side) are posted to the Legal Framework website. Procedural Safeguards English Procedural Safeguards Spanish The last page of the Procedural Safeguards includes contact information.  Each LEA is to personalize the documents to include contact information specific […]

TEA Special Education Survey is live!

The special education department at the Texas Education Agency has posted a voluntary survey they would like for everyone to have an opportunity to complete.  Please feel free to pass the information on to others who might be interested. Add your voice to the conversation! Share your opinions on the TEA Special Education Values and […]

High Cost Funds Application Update from TEA

TEA has notified us that due to technical issues, the opening of the High Cost Fund application has been delayed.  The application will open as soon as possible following the technical repair.  TEA will consider an extension of the deadline once the extent of the delay is known.  Information on these statuses will be provided […]

RF Tracker Data Collection Timelines (Reminder)

TEA has posted a To the Administrator Addressed End_of_year_RF_2017 communication  to notify local education agencies (LEAs) of timelines related to the required collection of data for students with disabilities, who reside in residential care and treatment facilities (RFs) within the geographic boundaries or jurisdiction of a district. Districts must complete the 2016-2017 data collection no later than […]

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 […]

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