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The Texas Education Agency does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle complaints and/or inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies which pertain to TEA programs or activities:

Lynn Beasley, Manager
Office of Organization Development
Lynn.Beasley@tea.state.tx.us

For more information about TEA customer service standards, visit the agency's Compact with Texans page.

TEA Employment and Employees

If an inquiry involves the employment policies of the agency and the aggrieved person is an employee or applicant for employment, an inquiry or complaint should be addressed to:

Human Resources Director
Texas Education Agency
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Tel (512) 463-8200
TEA Public School Non-Discrimination Policy

Complaints that allege that a public school discriminates on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in the district’s programs or activities are under the jurisdiction and authority of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR and TEA enforces several federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal funds. In addition, TEA implements a review process for school discrimination complaints (PDF) and will inform individuals of the appropriate complaint resolution options. 

U.S. Department of Education (USDE) – OCR Guidance 

October 26, 2010 Dear Colleague Letter – clarifies the relationship between bullying and discriminatory harassment, and reminds schools that by limiting their responses to a specific application of an anti-bullying or other disciplinary policy, they may fail to properly consider whether the student misconduct also results in discrimination in violation of students’ federal civil rights.

April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter - concerns obligations by school districts, colleges, and universities to protect students from sexual harassment and sexual violence. The Dear Colleague letter explains the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 as they relate to student‐on‐student sexual harassment and violence. The letter also discusses the proactive efforts schools can take to prevent sexual violence and educate employees and students, and it provides examples of the types of remedies that schools and OCR may use to respond to such conduct.

May 6, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter - informs school districts and state education agencies about their obligations under federal law to provide equal educational opportunities to students residing within their school district. The letter includes an explanation of the types of information that districts may lawfully collect from students and families (e.g., birth certificates to establish age of a child and telephone bills and lease documents to prove residency within a district), and the types of information that districts are prohibited from using as a basis to deny school enrollment to a child (e.g., a foreign birth certificate, or lack of a social security number).

May 26, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter - informs elementary, secondary, and post secondary schools that as the use of emerging technologies in the classroom increases, schools at all levels must ensure equal access to the educational benefits and opportunities afforded by the technology and equal treatment in the use of the technology for all students, including students with disabilities. The dear colleague letter includes a "Frequently Asked Questions About the June 29, 2010, Dear Colleague Letter" developed by the USDE OCR.

December 2, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter - The United States Department of Education and the United States Department of Justice are issuing this guidance to explain how, consistent with existing law, elementary and secondary schools can voluntarily consider race to further compelling interests in achieving diversity and avoiding racial isolation. 

Public School Non-Discrimination Policy

The following person has been designated to handle complaints and/or inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policy in public schools:

Darrell McKnight, Correspondence Management
Communications Division
Phone: (512) 463-9290
FAX: (512) 475-3665
Email generalinquiry@tea.state.tx.us

Individuals can also contact the Dallas Regional Office of OCR:

Texas OCR Enforcement Office
The Office for Civil Rights
Dallas Regional Office
1999 Bryan, Suite 2600
Dallas, Texas 75201
Phone: (214) 661-9600
FAX: (214) 661-9587 
TDD (877) 521-2172
Email: OCR.Dallas@ed.gov
US Department of Education - Office for Civil Rights

TEA Resources for Section 504

Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. The Section 504 page on the TEA website provides a variety of resources for parents of children with disabilities. 

August 01, 2014

SBEC to meet today

The State Board for Educator Certification will meet at 9 a.m. today in room 1-104 of the Travis Building at 1701 N. Congress Ave. The agenda is available online.

July 23, 2014

Commissioner Williams seeks extension of ESEA waiver and extends teacher, principal evaluation and support systems pilot

  Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan seeking an extension of the state’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In the letter, he also notified Secretary Duncan that the state would be adding an additional year to the pilot program for the new teacher and principal evaluation and support systems. 

July 18, 2014

TEA launches federal grant flexibility initiative

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has launched a federal grant flexibility initiative aimed at providing increased flexibility to grantees, including school districts, charter schools, education service centers, colleges and universities and non-profit entities that receive certain federal education grants administered through TEA.

July 14, 2014

Commissioner Williams names Beaumont ISD Board of Managers

  Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today announced his appointments to a seven-member board of managers for the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD). The board of managers will be responsible for overseeing the management of the BISD, including oversight of the district’s efforts to address and correct identified deficiencies and to implement effective, structural and procedural improvement strategies for long-term, positive change.