Office of Legal Services, Special Education General Information

Special Education Laws, Rules and other links

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

This handbook is designed to assist parents, school officials, and other interested parties in understanding and working through TEA's special education dispute resolution system.  The handbook is not intended to be legal advice.  A party needing legal advice concerning a special education matter should contact a private attorney as TEA cannot provide legal assistance.  Click HERE  for a link to the Spanish translation of the Dispute Resolution Handbook.

Free and Low Cost Legal Services

This 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.


Webpage questions: Lorie Williams