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Legislature Responds to FIIE Timeline Concerns - House Bill 11 Section 1.13

posted Mar 22, 2017, 7:26 AM by Patrick Dierschke

Texas Representative Four Price's office confirmed the commitment to:

  1. Retain the existing 45 school day timeline for the FIIE.
  2. Keep the 15 days for school to respond to a parent’s request for an FIIE.
  3. Maintain the current timeline regarding test consent received at least 35 but less than 45 school days before the last instructional day of the school year requires completed FIIE report to the parent by June 30.

 STAAR with Embedded Supports Non-Secure Front Matter

STAAR with Embedded Supports Non-Secure Front Matter documents and other related resources have been posted to the TEA website at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/accommodations/

Medicaid Refinancing Proposal

posted Mar 8, 2017, 10:51 AM by Patrick Dierschke

CEC is concerned that the Medicaid refinancing proposal the House Energy and Commerce Committee is considering - as soon as next week - jeopardizes health care for the nation’s most vulnerable children: children with disabilities and children in poverty.  (3/3/17) See details at  http://www.policyinsider.org/2017/03/tell-congress-to-vote-no-on-medicaid-refinancing-prop osal.html

School Finance and Vouchers

posted Mar 8, 2017, 10:50 AM by Patrick Dierschke

Texas House and Senate are in discussion about school finance and vouchers.  See recent Houston Chronicle article (3/3/17) See http://www.chron.com/local/texas-politics/texas-legislature/article/House-ready-to-pitch-school-finance-plan-Senate-10974638.php

TRS Active Care, Proposed Bill, SB 789

posted Mar 8, 2017, 10:50 AM by Patrick Dierschke

Those of you who participate in TRS Active Care, may want to look at the proposed bill, SB 789 from the current/85thLegislative Session.  Links below are for the actual bill and for a site discussing the bill’s implications.

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&Bill=SB789 and http://www.teachthevote.org/news/category/trs/

School Choice

posted Mar 8, 2017, 10:49 AM by Patrick Dierschke

There is a growing push for school choice at the federal level.  See current articles.

http://www.chron.com/news/politics/article/Trump-to-visit-private-school-to-promote-school -10974016.php

http://www.policyinsider.org/2017/03/presidents-trumps-skinny-budget.html

http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-devos-vouchers-20170228-story.html

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/03/betsy-devos-donald-trump-florida-school-choice-vouchers

CEC Support for ESSA

posted Mar 8, 2017, 10:49 AM by Patrick Dierschke

The Council of Exceptional Children is asking for support from members to stop the overturn of the ESSA.  (3/1/17)

Go to http://www.policyinsider.org/2017/03/tell-the-senate-do-not-overturn-essa-regulations.html

Texas School Districts Targeted for Federal Investigation

posted Mar 8, 2017, 10:48 AM by Patrick Dierschke

A dozen Texas school districts are being targeted for review in a federal investigation into whether students with disabilities are getting the help they need, officials said Thursday.  See link.  (2/16/17) http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/2017/02/16/feds-investigate-special-ed-12-texas-school-districts

USDOE and TEA Investigate in Texas Cities

posted Mar 8, 2017, 10:47 AM by Patrick Dierschke

U.S. Department of Education and Texas Education Agency officials will hit five Texas cities to ask the public about their experience with special education, part of an ongoing investigation of the state's services.

https://www.texastribune.org/2016/11/30/feds-tea-tour-texas-public-comment-special-ed/

STAAR Allowable Supplemental Aids

posted Mar 8, 2017, 10:46 AM by Patrick Dierschke

TEA has posted a power point on allowable Supplemental Aids for STAAR (12/2/16) http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/accommodations/

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