U.S. Department of Education Officials to Host Special Education Listening Sessions in Texas

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Event Date: Dec. 12-15, 2016

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will conduct a series of listening sessions in Texas during the week of Dec. 12. The sessions provide members of the public an opportunity to comment on the timely identification and evaluation of students with disabilities, as well as the delivery of special education and related services to all eligible children under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA.

In an Oct. 3, 2016 letter to Texas Commissioner Mike Morath, the Department raised concerns regarding Texas’s compliance with a number of IDEA requirements. The state responded to the letter on Nov. 2, 2016. During the sessions, OSERS and the TEA are interested in hearing from parents, family members, students, advocates and school personnel.

The following sessions will take place:

Dallas, Monday, Dec.12
6 – 8 p.m.
Region 10 – Richardson
400 E. Spring Valley Rd.
Richardson, Texas 75081-5101
(972) 348-1536

Houston, Monday, Dec.12
6 – 8 p.m.
McKinney Conference Center, Room 100 A-F
7200 Northwest 100 Dr.
Houston, Texas 77092
(713) 462-7708

El Paso, Tuesday, Dec. 13
6 – 8 p.m.
Region 19 – El Paso
6611 Boeing Dr.
El Paso, Texas 79925
(915) 780-6570

Edinburg, Tuesday, Dec.13
6 – 8 p.m.
Region 1 – Edinburg
1900 West Schunior
Edinburg, Texas 78541-2234
(956) 984-6180

Austin, Thursday, Dec.15
6 – 8 p.m.
Region 13 – Austin
5701 Springdale Rd.
Austin, Texas 78723-3675
(512) 919-5313

These meeting sites are accessible to individuals with disabilities, and sign language interpreters and Spanish language translation will be available. If special accommodations are needed, please contact the ESC directly at the telephone number provided.

Additionally, those who are unable to attend a listening session may submit written comments here from Dec. 5 – Jan. 6.