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Recent legislation affecting Special Education
In 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 139 (SB 139), which requires Texas local education agencies (LEAs) to distribute the following notice to parents:
SB 139 Notice to Families (English version)
SB 139 Notice to Families (Spanish version)
The contact person on each campus is the assistant principal at the elementary and middle school campuses.
At the junior and high school campuses, the assistant principal for the student's grade level is an appropriate contact.
Additionally, we provide other opportunities to request information about our child find (referral) process, see below (also available from the front page of the DISD website):
TEA Website on SB 139
Dickinson ISD provided this information to all parents in September 2020 via the District's email newsletter - "Gator Bytes" and the District's printed newspaper (mailed to all DISD residents) called "The Dialogue."
House Bill 4545 recently passed in the 87th Regular Legislative Session.
The new statute is effective, as of June 16, 2021, with accelerated instruction practices required during the 2021-2022 school year for all students, based on results from Spring 2021. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will be providing support and guidance for local education agencies (LEAs) during the summer in a few venues:
HB 4545 establishes new requirements for accelerated instruction for students who do not pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®). At a high level, the legislation includes:
Senate Bill (SB) 89, passed during the 87th Regular Texas Legislative Session, was signed into law on June 7, 2021, by Governor Abbott, and took effect immediately.
Known as the COVID-19 Special Education Recovery Act, SB 89 amended the Texas Education Code by adding §29.0052. The COVID-19 Special Education Recovery Act is intended to help local education agencies (LEAs) identify and address special education and related service interruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The act requires that the Individualized Education Program (IEP) of each student enrolled in an LEA’s special education program during the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year include certain documentation.
No later than May 1, 2022, Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committees must complete a required supplement as a written statement included in the child’s IEP.
The required supplement must include the following information:
While the required content must be included with the written statement of the IEP, the specific location and format of the information may be determined locally. Documentation of the required elements of SB 89 may be included within the ARD committee deliberations and/or as a supplemental form that is included as part of the ARD committee paperwork.
If the student’s ARD committee documented all required information in the written statement of the IEP during the 2020-2021 school year, then the ARD committee is not required to prepare an additional supplement for this purpose.
For information about required FIIE timelines and the initial provision of special education and related services as required under 19 Texas Administrative Code, §89.1011, see Special Education FIIE timelines and Frequently Asked Questions.
For information about compensatory services, please refer to the Students with Disabilities Planning Supports Guidebook 2020-2021 and Considerations for Extended School Year and Compensatory Services for Students with Disabilities During and After Texas School Closures Due to COVID-19.
If you have any questions related to this correspondence, please contact the Division of Special Education Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session passed Senate Bill (SB) 1697.
This bill amends state law to allow parents and guardians to elect for a student to repeat a grade or retake a high school course, per Texas Education Code (TEC) §28.02124. The legislation, which went into effect on June 16, 2021, gives parents or guardians the right to opt for their child to –
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