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The Legal Framework is a statewide leadership project partnering the Texas Education Agency and Region 18 Education Service Center. The project which includes contacts from each educational service center is a compilation of state and federal requirements for special education organized by topic in a user-friendly format.

This site includes frameworks, publications, and resources helpful in the special education process. There is a glossary of terms and acronyms, links to laws, rules and guidance, and a search feature.

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The Mobile Site resizes content for use on mobile devices like phones and tablets so you can even take the Legal Framework with you wherever you go.

Local school board policies of all public schools across Texas are linked to the framework. These policies can be accessed by entering your county-district number in the area provided.

Schools may use the Legal Framework as:

  • A reference in managing the special education system’s procedures and records;
  • Ensure accountability;
  • Access relevant special education information; and
  • Manage system change for continuous student performance and program improvement
Need Help?
Elizabeth Adams

Education Specialist
P: (806) 281-5876
E: eadams@esc17.net

Important Resources...
Notice of Procedural Safeguards
Parent’s Guide to the ARD Process
Special Education Rules & Regulations
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