Legislative Outlook – Your Voice Matters

The 85th Texas Legislative Session will begin in January. Now is a great time to lend your voice to the process. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the legislative process, bills that are being proposed, and how parents can provide powerful direction to the issues that are important to them.

Register for this webinar at https://partnerstx.webex.com/mw3100/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=partnerstx

About the Presenter:

Brenda Nelson is the parent of a teen with a disability. She has spent many years attending conferences, trainings, and working in a variety of jobs, as a parent and a professional, that have increased her knowledge of special education and related topics. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with other parents to educate and encourage them to be effective advocates for their children. She is currently serving as the Statewide Youth Leadership Training Specialist for PRN.

Webinars are fun and easy to attend right from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer with speakers and an internet connection. All of our presentations are interactive and provide an opportunity to ask questions with our presenters.

Cameras in the Classroom

During the 2015 session, the Texas legislature passed a law (SB 507) requiring video tapping in certain special education classrooms in Texas public schools; an action that drew national attention.  SB 507 addresses safety concerns that had become an issue for many parents of children in special education classrooms and settings. The stated purpose of the law is “to promote student safety”.  At the request of a parent, trustee, or staff member, school districts, and open-enrollment charter schools “shall provide equipment, including a video camera, to each school in the district or each charter school campus in which a student who receives special education services in a self-contained classroom or other special education setting is enrolled.”

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Videotapping of Special Education Classrooms

TEA has just published proposed rules on SB 507 concerning the videotapping of special education classrooms.  The comment period runs until May 9th, 2016. At that time TEA staff will review the comments, and finalize the rules. They hope to have the rules go into effect by June 16, 2016.

So, what will these changes mean for your child?  Our Education Specialist, Chuck Noe, breaks down the proposed rules:

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