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) Website provides a significant amount of information regarding special education in Texas, such as an overview of the law and procedures, guidance, and information on special topics accessible through the A-Z index.
  • The Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process, maintained by the Education Service Center Region XVIII in partnership with TEA, provides numerous special education resources, including a glossary, a side-by-side review of state and federal rules and regulations, and forms in Spanish and English.
  • The TEA Special Education Dispute Resolution Processes Website provides information on conflict resolution in special education, including due process hearings and mediation procedures.
  • The OSERS Memo and Q&A on Dispute Resolution provides detailed guidance with regard to federal laws and regulations pertaining to special education complaints, due process hearings, and mediations.
  • 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 and English Language Learners (ELL).
  • The TEA English Language Arts and Reading Website provides dyslexia resources.
  • The U.S. DOE Seclusion and Restraint Website provides policies, guidelines, and related resources regarding the use of restraint and seclusion in public schools.