You know that LEAs have child find responsibilities for students enrolled in private schools that are located within the district’s boundaries, regardless of where the student resides. And that districts provide equitable services to students with disabilities enrolled in private schools that are located within the district’s boundaries, even if the student lives in another district. But what if the private school is a virtual school? What LEA is responsible for child find and equitable services when the students and educators may be scattered across the state – or even the country?
HB 3928, also known as the Beckley Wilson Act, is waiting to be signed by the Governor after passing the House and Senate. The bill originated from a parent-led, grassroots group named Texas Dyslexia Coalition and was strongly supported by other disability advocacy groups across the state. Although the message behind the bill was that it was intended to codify the Dyslexia Handbook and provide clarity for schools, the original bill contained significantly more onerous requirements for districts. With the work and collaboration of groups like TCASE and the voices of special education staff and evaluators, the final bill resulted in something more workable and agreeable for all.