Bilingual Education Exception and ESL Waiver Resources

All applications are due on or before November 1, 2020

TEA Correspondence

To the Administrator Addressed correspondence regarding the 2020-2021 Bilingual Education Exception and ESL Waiver application was released on October 1, 2020. 
 

Application Requirements

  • Local Education Agencies (LEAs), including school districts, districts of innovation, and open-enrollment charter schools that are unable to provide the appropriately certified teachers to implement the bilingual education program must request from the commissioner of education an exception for the bilingual education program and approval to offer an alternative language 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 the appropriately certified teachers to implement the ESL program must request from the commissioner of education a waiver for the ESL program and approval to offer an alternative language program as per 19 TAC §89.1207(b).
  • All applications are due on or before November 1, 2020. Submit the completed application (Excel file) and the Alternative Language Program/Recruiting Activities Form (PDF) to TEA as attachments in an email to: BilingualExceptions_ESLWaivers@tea.texas.gov. (Notice the underscore after the word Exceptions in the email address.)
  • The district's Bilingual/ESL contact person may complete the exception/waiver application.
  • The application includes an assurance that the superintendent has reviewed and approved the completed application 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

2020-2021 Bilingual Education Exception and ESL Waiver Application 

  • Instructions
  • Part 1: Application (Excel file)
  • Part 2: Alternative Language Program and Recruiting Activities Form (PDF)

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