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Records, Records, Records

By Ramón Medina On November 27, 2017, TEA issued a To The Administrator Addressed letter encouraging school districts and charter schools to document any loss of records due to Hurricane Harvey. Notably, the agency did not declare that it would not hold districts and charters that lost records during Hurricane Harvey and subsequent weather events … Continue reading Records, Records, Records

Proposed Senate Bill 7 Rules – Available for Public Comment

By Allen Keller & Ramón Medina On August 4, 2017, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) discussed proposed amendments to Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Chapter 249 that would implement Senate Bill (SB) 7. On October 6, 2017, SBEC again considered the proposed rule amendments. SBEC’s amendments to Chapter 249 are pending adoption by … Continue reading Proposed Senate Bill 7 Rules – Available for Public Comment

SLHA Expands

Schulman, Lopez, Hoffer & Adelstein, LLP is proud to announce Janet Robertson has joined the Firm as a partner, and we are expanding to provide public schools and local government with full service as bond counsel. Janet has deep experience in the public finance arena and will bring a wealth of knowledge on tax-exempt financing … Continue reading SLHA Expands

SPED Alert: Thou Shalt Have “Appropriately Ambitious” IEPs

by Christopher Schulz On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decided the case of Endrew F. filed against the Douglas County School District (DCSD). In a unanimous opinion, SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts ruled that public schools must provide students with disabilities an “educational program [that is] appropriately ambitious in … Continue reading SPED Alert: Thou Shalt Have “Appropriately Ambitious” IEPs

Legislature Addressing Concerns Over Educator-Student Relationships

by Ramón Medina In recent years, TEA has progressively investigated and the news media has increasingly reported, with scandalous headlines, allegations of educator and student relationships. Not surprisingly, the Texas Legislature is now addressing the matter. On March 8, 2017, the Senate unanimously passed SB:7. As amended, SB:7 would: (a) Apply to teacher, teacher intern … Continue reading Legislature Addressing Concerns Over Educator-Student Relationships