Office of Legal Services, Special Education General Information

The TEA Office of Legal Services oversees the Special Education Mediation and Due Process Hearing programs. The links and information below may be helpful to parents and school districts about special education laws, rules and other special education information.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004

Federal Regulations (implementing IDEA)

Texas Administrative Procedures Act

Texas Education Code

Commissioner's Rules Concerning Special Populations (including DPH rules)

Legal Framework (Special Education Rules and Regulations Side-by-Side)

CADRE (Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education)

COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates)

OSEP (Office of Special Education Programs)

OSEP Questions and Answers Document  (July 2013)

Special Education Dispute Resolution Systems Handbook

TEA designed the Special Education Dispute Resolution Handbook to assist parents, school officials, and other interested parties with understanding TEA's special education dispute resolution system.  The handbook is not intended to be legal advice.  If you need legal advice about a special education matter you should contact a private attorney. TEA cannot provide legal advice.  The Special Education Dispute Resolution Handbook is also available in Spanish.

Free and Low Cost Legal Services

This Free and Low Cost Legal Services List contains information about free or low cost legal service providers in the State of Texas in accordance with 34 CFR §300.507(b).  The list is not exhaustive and TEA, its employees, and contractors cannot provide recommendations on which provider, if any, you should choose.

Special Education Parent Attorneys and Advocates

For a list of attorneys and advocates who represent and/or assist students in special education disputes, please contact Legal Services.  The list is not exhaustive.  TEA, its employees, and contractors cannot provide recommendations about which attorney or advocate, if any, you should choose.  This list is provided for the information and convenience of the parties and does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by TEA, its employees, or contractors.