Texas Education Code

Sec. § 12.1014
Authorization for Grant of Charters for Schools Primarily Serving Students With Disabilities


(a)

The commissioner may grant under Section 12.101 (Authorization) a charter on the application of an eligible entity for an open-enrollment charter school intended primarily to serve students eligible to receive services under Subchapter A, Chapter 29 (Educational Programs).

(b)

The limit on the number of charters for open-enrollment charter schools imposed by Section 12.101 (Authorization) does not apply to a charter granted under this section to a school at which at least 50 percent of the students are eligible to receive services under Subchapter A, Chapter 29 (Educational Programs). Not more than five charters may be granted for schools described by this subsection.

(c)

For purposes of the applicability of state and federal law, including a law prescribing requirements concerning students with disabilities, an open-enrollment charter school described by Subsection (a) is considered the same as any other school for which a charter is granted under Section 12.101 (Authorization).

(d)

To the fullest extent permitted under federal law, a parent of a student with a disability may choose to enroll the parent’s child in an open-enrollment charter school described by Subsection (a) regardless of whether a disproportionate number of the school’s students are students with disabilities.

(e)

This section does not authorize an open-enrollment charter school to discriminate in admissions or in the services provided based on the presence, absence, or nature of an applicant’s or student’s disability.

(f)

The commissioner and the State Board for Educator Certification shall adopt rules as necessary to administer this section.
Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1140 (S.B. 2), Sec. 12, eff. September 1, 2013.
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