During the 2016-17 school year, the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) performed a series of onsite monitoring visits to review Texas’ compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The final report was provided to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on January 10, 2018. The findings from the report require TEA to develop a plan to address four corrective actions. An integral part of the plan development process will be the gathering of input from stakeholders and other interested Texans. TEA will be conducting a series of focus group meetings targeting district leaders, families, teachers and service providers, and students. These meetings will be held in all 20 Education Service Center (ESC) regions in the state prior to the final plan being submitted to OSEP on April 18, 2018.
The focus group meetings for Region 13 will be held at Pflugerville ISD (at Timmerman Elementary) on February 13, 2018, and Hays CISD on February 15, 2018. Everyone attending the meetings must register ahead of time and can only register at one of the meetings. Please see the attachments (Educator Meeting Notice, Parent Meeting Notice, Parent Meeting Notice - Spanish) for locations, times and registration information. If teachers, service providers, and parents are not able to attend, they can provide general comments and feedback on the plan at USDE Corrective Action Draft Plan Online Survey by February 18, 2018, or by emailing TEA at TexasSPED@tea.texas.gov
If you have questions, please contact Shirley Sanford, Director of Academic Services at ESC 13, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-919-5375.