Special Education

Both state and federal law require special protections in the public schools to ensure that students with disabilities are provided a free and appropriate public education. The following are resources related to special education and contracts for special education services.

Related Policies

Your local school board policy manual contains TASB's (LEGAL) reference policies and board-adopted (LOCAL) policies.  Your district may also have relevant administrative regulations. For more information on special education, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

EEL Contracts with Outside Agencies for Special Education Services
EHBA Special Education
EHBAA Identification, Evaluation, and Eligibility
EHBAB ARD Committee and Individualized Education Program
EHBAC Students in Non-District Placement
EHBAD Transition Services
EHBAE Procedural Requirements

Other Resources

  • The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Website provides information on the applicable federal laws, grants, training, guidance, and related resources.
  • The U.S. DOE Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004 Website provides information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), including an overview of the legislation and regulations, procedural requirements, training materials, and model forms.
  • The Texas Education Agency (TEA) Special Education in Texas Website provides a significant amount of information regarding special education in Texas, such as an overview of the law and procedures, descriptions of programs, guidance, and information on special topics.
  • The TEA ARD Committee Resources Website provides resources for a student's admission, review, dismissal (ARD) committee to reference when determining necessary educational modifications as well as related forms and manuals.
  • The TEA Office of Legal Services Special Education Website provides information on special education due process hearing and mediation procedures.
  • The TEA Student Attendance Accounting Handbook contains useful information related to attendance of students in special education.
  • The TEA Special Education Monitoring Website provides information about state special education supervision and oversight requirements.
  • The TEA Accommodations Resources Website provides information on educational accommodations for students with disabilities as well as related forms and training.
  • The TEA English Language Arts and Reading Website provides dyslexia resources.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Seclusion and Restraint Website provides alternatives to the use of seclusion and restraint and related web resources.