PART 1: Good news! Your actions worked and bills are moving to Senate Education this Friday! Please call Senate Education Committee members and ask for their support for the bills below, then scroll down for Part 2!
HB 1252 | Extend time to file a due process complaint from one year to two years
This bill would align Texas law with federal law by expanding the statute of special education due process hearings from one year to two years. Full bill text can be found here: https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/87R/billtext/html/HB01252E.htm
HB 2256 | Creating Bilingual Special Education Certification
This bill would create a bilingual special education certification to teach students of limited English proficiency with disabilities. Full bill text can be found here: https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/87R/billtext/html/HB02256E.htm
HB 3880 | Include Full Evaluations for Dyslexia in Special Education
HB 3880 would help bring Texas into compliance with federal law by guaranteeing students with dyslexia the right to a full evaluation of their needs under IDEA, rather than just a dyslexia-only evaluation. Full bill text can be found here: https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/87R/billtext/html/HB03880E.htm
What to say: “Please support HB 1252 to extend time to file due process from one year to two, HB 2256 to create bilingual special ed. teacher certification, and HB-3880 for full evaluation of dyslexia under IDEA.”
Who to contact: Please contact all members of Senate Education Committee below. (Then scroll down for two other important bills!).
|Senator Larry Taylor – Chair||(512) email@example.com|
|Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. – Vice Chair||(512) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Senator Paul Bettencourt||(512) email@example.com|
|Senator Bob Hall||(512) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Senator Bryan Hughes||(512) email@example.com|
|Senator José Menéndez||(512) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Senator Angela Paxton||(512) email@example.com|
|Senator Charles Perry||(512) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Senator Beverly Powell||(512) email@example.com|
|Senator Charles Schwertner||(512) 463-0105|
|Senator Royce West||(512) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Committee Clerk Bradley Hurt||(512) email@example.com|
PART 2: Bad news! These two bills didn’t move and need your help! Please ask the Lt. Governor, Dan Patrick, to refer HB 144 and HB 411 to the appropriate committee!
HB 144 | COVID-19 Special Education Recovery Act
COVID-19 supplement to review whether or not sped. services available to the student were interrupted, reduced, delayed, suspended, or discontinued due to the pandemic. Full bill text can be found here: https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/87R/billtext/html/HB00144E.htm
HB 411 | Change “ARD Committee” to “IEP Team”
This bill would change the term “ARD” to the more accurate, appropriate, and more widely-used term, “IEP Team.” This would reduce confusion for parents and students with autism and other disabilities, and align the terminology with IDEA. Full text can be found here: https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/87R/billtext/html/HB00411E.htm
What to say: “Refer HB 144- the COVID-19 Special Ed. Recovery Act, and HB 411- which will change the name “ARD Committee” to “IEP Team” to the appropriate committee.”
Who to contact:
Lieutenant Governor, Dan Patrick: (512) 463-0001 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Let us know if you were successful or if AST Advocacy staff need to do any follow-ups at 512-479-4199 Ext. 10 or email@example.com. Thank you!