Changes in State Regulations for Special Education in Texas

On December 26, 2014, joint rulemaking by the State Board of Education (SBOE) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) was concluded. All changes are now in effect, effective January 1, 2015. The SBOE acted on 1 regulatory section by amending an existing rule; TEA acted on 17 regulatory sections by amending existing rules and adding new rules.

Reauthorization of the ESEA May Change Statewide Assessment Requirements

Reauthorization of the ESEA May Change Statewide Assessment Requirements

US Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, recently released a draft bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), called the “Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015.” (This will replace the No Child Left Behind Act.)

Thoughts on Inclusion and Life after Graduation from Janice Meyer, PRN Executive Director

Jeff Meyer, son of Janice Meyer, PRN Executive Director

Many years ago, someone said to me, in reference to my son, Jeff, who had Down Syndrome and various special needs, “Wouldn't he be happier with his own kind?” This comment came from a friend who loved Jeff and knew him well. I was shocked – “his own kind”? “Who is that?” I thought. My answer to her was: “WE are his own kind.” That happened over thirty years ago, yet I still remember it vividly.

What Are My Options for Solving a Dispute with My Child's School?

Options for solving a dispute with your child's school

There are times when parents and schools simply do not agree on some issue affecting a child’s education. They may try informal approaches to resolving the conflict, such as reviewing and revising the child’s IEP or holding a facilitated IEP meeting (an approach emerging in the field).