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New Commissioner's Rules Proposed

The Texas Education Agency has issued proposed new Commissioner's Rules for the governance of the state's 20 regional education service centers. The proposal, open for public comment only until February 20th, would delete the current requirement in rule that each education service center must hire at least one staff member certified as a teacher of the visually impaired.

The Texas Education Agency would like to hear more from the public about this proposed change. Go to http://www.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed/, and click on "Commissioner's Rules for Special Education (Proposed)." Comments on proposed rules can be submitted to rules@tea.state.tx.us. Be sure to reference 89.1141 (e) "A minimum of one staff member certified in the education of students with visual impairments shall be employed by each ESC". Written testimony will be accepted until February 20, 2002.

A series of public hearings will be held across the state at these education service centers on the following dates:

The last day for public input is February 20th. Whether you are the parent of a child with visual impairments or deafblindness, or a professional working with one of these children, it is important for your voice to be heard.

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