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Houston Chronicle on Finalized Corrective Action Plan

 The Houston Chronicle has posted an article on the finalized corrective action plan. (4/24/18)

The agency will boost monitoring, training and family engagement in the next five years.

https://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/In-plan-to-fix-special-education-Texas-E ducation-12861402.php

Special Education Services Corrective Action Plan

TEA has posted a letter to administrator addressed (2/26/2018) addressing:

"Responsibilities and Timelines Regarding Parent Requests for Special Education Evaluations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Texas Education Code (TEC), and the Texas Administrative Code (TAC).

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Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 103, Health and Safety, Subchapter DD

Commissioner's Rules Concerning Video Surveillance of Certain Special Education Settings
Summary: The proposed revisions would amend 19 TAC §103.1301, Video Surveillance of Certain Special Education Settings, and add new 19 TAC §103.1303, Commissioner's Review of Actions Concerning Video Cameras in Special Education Settings. The proposed amendment and new rule would reflect requirements in Senate Bill (SB) 1398, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017.
Public Comment Period: December 22, 2017 – January 22, 2018.
Public Hearing Notice: A public hearing to solicit testimony and input on the proposed amendment and new rule will be held at 8:30 a.m. on January 8, 2018, in Room 1-104, William B. Travis Building, 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701. Anyone wishing to testify at the hearing must sign in between 8:15 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on the day of the hearing. The hearing will conclude once all who have signed in have been given the opportunity to comment. Speakers are encouraged, but are not required, to provide written copies of their testimony. Individuals who wish to provide written testimony may do so at the time of the meeting. Interpreters for the deaf and Spanish speakers will be available. Individuals requiring additional special assistance should contact TEA's Division of Special Education at (512) 463-9414 no later than January 3, 2018. To view the hearing notices online, go to http://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/pubomquery$omquery.QueryViewByKey?P_OM_ID=202108&Z_CHK=28206.

Earliest Possible Date of Adoption: January 22, 2018.
Proposed Effective Date: March 14, 2018.
Please see the TEA website to view adopted commissioner of education rules.
Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you.

Texas Education Agency
(512) 475-1497

Harvey-Affected Areas and Test Scores

Texas will not hold back students in Harvey-affected areas based on test scores (12/14/17)

 http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/Texas-Education-Agency-will-not-rat e-12431893.php 

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Hurricane Harvey Additional Waiver Requests

TEA announced that it intends to apply for “Additional Waiver Requests Due to Devastation Caused by Hurricane Harvey” (12/14/17)  

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Hurricane Harvey Schools Grading

The Chronicle reported that “Abbott suggests hitting pause button in grading schools hit hardest by Harvey.” 12/12/17  

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Updated Side-by-Side and Procedural Safeguards

The legal framework has posted the updated side by side and procedural safeguards (12/1/17)  

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