Texas Education Code

Sec. § 29.001
Statewide Plan

The agency shall develop, and modify as necessary, a statewide design, consistent with federal law, for the delivery of services to children with disabilities in this state that includes rules for the administration and funding of the special education program so that a free appropriate public education is available to all of those children between the ages of three and 21. The statewide design shall include the provision of services primarily through school districts and shared services arrangements, supplemented by regional education service centers. The agency shall also develop and implement a statewide plan with programmatic content that includes procedures designed to:


ensure state compliance with requirements for supplemental federal funding for all state-administered programs involving the delivery of instructional or related services to students with disabilities;


facilitate interagency coordination when other state agencies are involved in the delivery of instructional or related services to students with disabilities;


periodically assess statewide personnel needs in all areas of specialization related to special education and pursue strategies to meet those needs through a consortium of representatives from regional education service centers, local education agencies, and institutions of higher education and through other available alternatives;


ensure that regional education service centers throughout the state maintain a regional support function, which may include direct service delivery and a component designed to facilitate the placement of students with disabilities who cannot be appropriately served in their resident districts;


allow the agency to effectively monitor and periodically conduct site visits of all school districts to ensure that rules adopted under this section are applied in a consistent and uniform manner, to ensure that districts are complying with those rules, and to ensure that annual statistical reports filed by the districts and not otherwise available through the Public Education Information Management System under Sections 48.008 and 48.009 (Required Peims Reporting) are accurate and complete;


ensure that appropriately trained personnel are involved in the diagnostic and evaluative procedures operating in all districts and that those personnel routinely serve on district admissions, review, and dismissal committees;


ensure that an individualized education program for each student with a disability is properly developed, implemented, and maintained in the least restrictive environment that is appropriate to meet the student’s educational needs;


ensure that, when appropriate, each student with a disability is provided an opportunity to participate in career and technology and physical education classes, in addition to participating in regular or special classes;


ensure that each student with a disability is provided necessary related services;


ensure that an individual assigned to act as a surrogate parent for a child with a disability, as provided by 20 U.S.C. Section 1415(b), is required to:


complete a training program that complies with minimum standards established by agency rule;


visit the child and the child’s school;


consult with persons involved in the child’s education, including teachers, caseworkers, court-appointed volunteers, guardians ad litem, attorneys ad litem, foster parents, and caretakers;


review the child’s educational records;


attend meetings of the child’s admission, review, and dismissal committee;


exercise independent judgment in pursuing the child’s interests; and


exercise the child’s due process rights under applicable state and federal law; and


ensure that each district develops a process to be used by a teacher who instructs a student with a disability in a regular classroom setting:


to request a review of the student’s individualized education program;


to provide input in the development of the student’s individualized education program;


that provides for a timely district response to the teacher’s request; and


that provides for notification to the student’s parent or legal guardian of that response.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 430, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.
Amended by:
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1283 (H.B. 1335), Sec. 1, eff. June 17, 2011.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1192 (S.B. 1259), Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2015.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 943 (H.B. 3), Sec. 3.023, eff. September 1, 2019.

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