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TEA is responsible for providing special education dispute resolution programs.  The TEA Office of Legal Services manages the special education due process hearing program and the special education mediation program.  The Office of Legal Services also provides general information about both of these programs.  The Division of State and Federal Policy manages the special education complaint program and the facilitated individualized educational plan (FIEP) program.

Special Education Due Process Hearing Program

The special education due process hearing page provides information about the due process hearing program and other due process hearing related resources.

Special Education Mediation Program

The special education mediation page provides information about the mediation program and other mediation related resources.

General Information

The TEA Office of Legal Services also provides general information about both of these programs.  This page will provide information and resources that may be helpful to you.

October 29, 2014

Statement of Commissioner Michael Williams Regarding the ECS Blueprint For College Readiness Report

 The Education Commission of the States (ECS) today released its Blueprint for College Readiness report, which features an analysis of the top 10 critical K-12 and higher education policies promoting college readiness and success. The State of Texas met seven of the 10 policies emphasized in the blueprint. The report also spotlights Texas’ campus and school district accountability system as an example of policy for other states to follow.  

October 24, 2014

Texas Safe Schools Week: Bully Prevention is Key for Safe Learning Environments

As part of Texas Safe Schools Week (Oct. 19-25), the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) at Texas State University and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) today joined forces to remind districts and charter of resources available to help address and combat bullying and cyberbullying on campus.

October 23, 2014

Commissioner Williams directs EPISD board of managers to order 2015 elections

 In a letter to the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD), Commissioner of Education Michael Williams this week directed the district’s appointed board of managers to order an election to be set on May 9, 2015. The Commissioner’s directive marks the first step in the district’s transition from the current appointed board to an elected board of trustees.

October 23, 2014

Texas Safe Schools Week: Shared Responsibility in Identifying, Reporting Inappropriate Educator-Student Relationships

 As part of Texas Safe Schools Week (Oct. 19-25), the Texas Education Agency (TEA) today advised that everyone in education – including students, parents, teachers, administrators, coaches and staff – plays a critical role in identifying and reporting improper educator-student relationships.