Additional Legal Resources

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Texas Education Code (TEC) - The TEC includes laws and rules passed by the state legislature. It applies to most educational institutions that are supported in whole or part by state tax funds.

Texas Administrative Rules (TAC) - The TAC are adopted by the State Board of Education or the Commissioner of Education under authority granted by state law.

State Board of Education Rules (SBOE) - These rules define how the SBOE conducts and takes public comments and testimony at board meetings.

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) - This legislation provided federal funds to support public education, particularly in resource-poor, low income settings.

Legislative Briefing Book - After each legislative session the TEA produces a briefing book that describes new laws that impact public education.

Office of the Texas Attorney General(OAG) – The OAG office provides information on Open Government in Texas including Texas laws, decisions, letter rulings, and other resources.

Family Policy Compliance Office(FPCO) – The FPCO provides information on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy (FERPA) and the Protection of Public Rights Amendment (PPRA).  

Texas State Library and Archive Commission – The commission assists local government and state agencies in records management, including records retention of public school districts in Texas.

Texas Homeless Education Office - This link provides information on the laws and resources available for educating homeless children in Texas.  

US Department of Education (USDOE) – The USDOE is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to education.

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) – The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is granted authority to set immunization requirements by the TEC, Chapter 38, Health & Safety.

Lawyer Referral Service - If you need a lawyer, contact the State Bar's Lawyer Referral & Information Service at (800) 252-9690 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Legal Aid Service Provider Directory - please consult Referral Directory for Low-Income Texans to locate legal service providers by county.


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