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Proposed Changes for Students in Private and Home Schools

By Jean Robinson, Family Support Specialist, TSBVI, VI Outreach

Proposed changes are in sight for students enrolled in private (including home) schools. Before these proposed changes, parents in Texas, had been allowed to request and receive special education services if their child was home schooled or enrolled in a private school. Services were provided under the "dual enrollment" rule. (See Chapter 89.1095 http://www.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed/rules/.) Section 89.1095 required school districts to serve students with disabilities placed in private schools by their parents if they were dually enrolled in the school district and private school. Amended federal law limits the service that schools and states are obligated to provide to students placed in private schools by their parents. With these changes, Texas proposes to fall in line with the federal regulations and reduce services offered under "dual enrollment." The proposed rule can be found in Chapter 89.1096 (http://www.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed/rules/proprule.html) and is expected to go into effect the summer of 2001. Special education services that have been provided in the past to students under "dual enrollment" will change. Dual enrollment will exist only for children between three and five years of age. Parents need to consider this change when deciding whether to enroll their child in a private school, home school, or public school. Check out the Texas Education Agency special education website, www.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed, or more information. Your public librarian can help you access this information.

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