Automated Waivers Application (August 2012)

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This purpose of this letter is to inform districts and open-enrollment charter schools that, effective today, the new automated Waivers application is available for use.  In a To the Administrator Addressed letter dated July 6, 2012, districts were notified that the Texas Education Agency (TEA or agency) would implement a new automated waiver application to replace the paper-based process.  For the 2012-2013 school year, districts and charter schools will be required to submit all waiver and class size exception requests through the automated system.  No paper waiver or class size exception applications will be accepted.

The agency’s July 6, 2012 correspondence informed districts that the automated waiver application must be accessed through the agency’s new TEA Login (TEAL) secure environment.  For additional information on access to TEAL or on establishing a role as a District Superintendent or District Editor for the Waivers application, you may review the previous correspondence at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=2147507522 and the online training available at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/webappaccess/Overview.htm.  

Please note that the new automated Waivers application has been developed for use with one of the following Internet browsers.  If you currently do not have access to one of these browser versions, please update your current browser or take other steps to acquire compatible Internet software. 

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer v9.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer v8.0
  • Mozilla Firefox v3.6
  • Mozilla Firefox v4.0

For assistance in accessing and using the new automated Waivers application, please reference the support materials available on the TEA Waivers home page at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=6635&menu_id=932&menu_id2=788.  On this page, you will find links to a comprehensive User Guide for the Texas Education Agency Waivers Application, a condensed job aid for the Waivers application, and a Texas Education Agency Waivers Application Tips and Frequently Asked Questions document.

As noted in previous correspondence, the TEA will continue to make waiver and exception data available to the public through the TEA website.  Additional information regarding future enhancements to the Waivers application and access to related data will be made available to districts in future agency correspondence.

If you have questions or need additional assistance in setting up a TEAL account or accessing an appropriate browser, please contact computer.access@tea.texas.gov.  If you have questions regarding the waiver and exception application process for 2012-2013, please contact the State Waivers Unit at (512) 463-9630 or waivers@tea.texas.gov.

Sincerely,

Laura Taylor
Associate Commissioner
Accreditation and School Improvement

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