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Notice: New Special Education Documents from TEA

By Jenny Lace, Education Specialist, Texas Deafblind Outreach

The Texas Education Agency has released two new special education documents which can be found on the TEA website at www.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed .

A Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process

This document contains information a parent needs to effectively participate in the ARD committee meeting for their child. This guide was produced with the expert guidance of a stakeholder group of parents, educators, other professional service providers, advocates, and information compiled from statewide public meetings. The table of contents includes:

All parents of students with disabilities currently receiving special education services should receive a copy of the guide from their school district by February 28, 2003. This guide will be updated as changes to federal regulations, state law and/or Commissioner's rules occur. The hard copy version of the document will always denote a print date. The most current version of the guide will reside on the TEA website at: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed/  The guide is available in English, Spanish, and Braille.

Notice of Procedural Safeguards: Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities

The Procedural Safeguards document explains the specific rights and responsibilities of the parent in the special education process. The table of contents includes:

Public schools, which include district and charter schools, must provide parents of students with disabilities and adult students with disabilities a copy of the procedural safeguards, at a minimum, upon:

  1. Initial referral for evaluation;
  2. Each notification of an ARD committee meeting;
  3. Reevaluation of the child; and
  4. Receipt of a request for due process hearing under 34 CFR Section 300.507.

Schools must no longer distribute the outdated 1997 version of the notice, and immediately begin to issue the new edition on the occasions listed above. Each school is responsible for downloading, printing, and distributing the Notice of Procedural Safeguards: Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities, available online at: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed/ . Each school must ensure that the notice is provided in the native language of the parent, or other mode of communication, unless clearly not feasible to do so. English, Spanish, and Braille versions are available from the TEA website. If the native language or other mode of communication is not a written language, the school must translate the notice orally or by other means so that it is understood by the parent.

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