Rules, Regulations & Guidance
Under state statute 19 TAC 89.1001(a), special education services shall be provided to eligible students in accordance with all applicable federal laws and regulations, state statutes, rules of the State Board of Education (SBOE) and commissioner of education, and the State Plan Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Child Find is a district responsibility that is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) that requires schools to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities residing within the State, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services (34 CFR 300.111).
Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities, screening, and evaluation designed to locate, identify, and evaluate children who are in need of Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Programs or Special Education.
The Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Process, designed for school personnel, parents, and students, is an electronic, web-based guide to special education in the state of Texas. Useful resources include state and federal legal citations; publications such as A Guide to the Admission, Review and Dismissal Process, Notice of Procedural Safeguards; Side by Side View of Special Education Rules and Regulations; glossary; and links to other valuable websites. Other helpful tools available through the Special Education Director include Policies and Procedures; Operating Guidelines, and the Documentation Toolbox.
Residential Facilities Monitoring
Under the consent decree in the case of Angel G. et al. v. Texas Education Agency et al., otherwise known as the Angel G. case, the TEA is required to implement a separate system for monitoring those LEAs that serve students with disabilities who reside in residential facilities (RF) within the geographic boundaries and/or jurisdiction of the LEA. This separate system functions independently from the present monitoring system and applies directly to those LEAs that provide special education and related services to students with disabilities residing in RFs.