Office of the General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel Division provides information and resources about legal issues related to Titles 1 and 2 of the Texas Education Code (TEC), as well as other TEC provisions for primary or secondary education that affect Texas public education.  Our office answers general questions and provides information about state law but cannot provide legal advice to any party.

Resource Guide

Information on appeals to the Commissioner of Education and hearings before an Independent Hearing Examiner Hearings & Appeals
Information on local grievance processes Local Level Grievance Process
Information on submitting an open records request for any TEA record subject to the Public Information Act Public Information (Open Records)
Information on where to direct a Subpoena (subpoenas for records only) Public Information (Open Records)
Information on serving the Commissioner of Education with process (lawsuit) Process may be served at the Texas Education Agency, 1701 N. Congress Ave, 2nd Floor, Austin, Texas 78701
Information on filing a Special Education Mediation Request Special Education Mediation Program
Information on filing a Special Education Due Process Request Special Education Due Process Hearing
Information on ordering a Texas School Law Bulletin book 2022 Texas School Law Bulletin
Information on reporting violations of school law by school entities, educators, and educator preparation programs Complaint Management
Questions related to COVID-19 issues TEA COVID Guidance
Information on submission of questions related to COVID-19 issues disasterinfo@tea.texas.gov
Frequently Ask Questions (FAQs) General Inquiry (under construction)

Civil Action 5281 and Conveyance of Property Deeds

Civil Action 5281 was a federal court order enforcing desegregation of Texas public schools. In 2010, the federal court that had jurisdiction over statewide desegregation entered an order removing all school districts from the scope of the Civil Action 5281.

Address Confidentiality Program, Office of the Attorney General

This page contains information about the enrollment of a student in a household participating in the Office of Attorney General (OAG) Address Confidentiality Program.

Authorization Agreement for Nonparent Relative under Chapter 34, Family Code

This page contains information about school enrollment rules when a child is in the care of a non-parent relative.

Additional Helpful Legal Resources

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Student Discipline Matters

The Commissioner of Education generally has no authority over local student discipline matters, except under Texas Education Code §§37.006-(i) and 37.006-(j). Student disciplinary appeals should be filed in the Texas district court in the county in which the school district's administrative offices are located.

Disclaimer

The Texas Education Code is maintained by Texas Legislature Online, which updates the Code when the publisher notifies it of changes. Please review the Texas Legislature online website for the current Code status.

 

 

Contact Information

Office of General Counsel
1701 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Direct Office Line: (512) 463-9720

Email: tealegal@tea.texas.gov

Press 1 for General Education, Public Information, and Subpoena matters
Press 2 for Special Education Mediation
Press 3 for Special Education Due Process
Press 4 for Appeals before the Commissioner of Education (not complaints)
Press 5 for Charter Schools
Press 6 for Education Certification & Standards
Press 7 for Contract Abandonment
Press 0 for the Receptionist