Bilingual Education Exception and ESL Waiver Resources

All applications are due on or before Friday, November 1, 2019.

TEA Correspondence

For information about the 2019-2020 Bilingual Education Exception and/or ESL Waiver Application, a To the Administrator Addressed letter will be posted in September 2019. 
 

Application Requirements

  • Local Education Agencies (LEAs), including school districts, districts of innovation, and open-enrollment charter schools that are unable to provide bilingual certified teachers to implement the bilingual program must request from the commissioner of education an exception to the bilingual education program and approval to offer an alternative program as per 19 TAC §89.1207(a).
  • Local Education Agencies (LEAs), including school districts, districts of innovation, and open-enrollment charter schools that are unable to provide ESL certified teachers to implement the ESL program must request from the commissioner of education a waiver of the certification requirements for teachers will provide ESL instruction as per 19 TAC §89.1207(b).
  • All applications are due on or before Friday, November 1, 2019. Submit them to TEA as an attachment and email to: BilingualExceptions_ESLWaivers@tea.texas.gov
  • The district Bilingual/ESL contact person may complete the Exception/Waiver Application.
  • The application(s) include(s) an assurance that the superintendent has reviewed and approved the completed application(s) prior to submission.

Contact the English Learner Support Division with any questions related to the Bilingual Education Exception and/or ESL Waiver requirements and application process at 512-463-9414 or EnglishLearnerSupport@tea.texas.gov.  

Application and Instructions

Please visit each link below and read all instructions carefully:

Before submitting the completed application, please remember to request a read receipt. All applications are due on or before Friday, November 1, 2019.

  • Bilingual Education Exception Instructions: Coming Soon!
  • ESL Waiver Instructions: Coming Soon!
  • 2019-2020 Bilingual Education Exception/English as a Second Language (ESL) Waiver Submission Process and Checklist: Coming Soon!

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