Beginning September 1, 2018, all public schools will be required to post updated special education policies on the ESC Region 18 Legal Framework. The deadline to post updated policies is October 31, 2018.

To ensure all schools are posting up-to-date policies, ESC Region 18 will be deleting all policies currently uploaded to the Legal Framework on August 31. All charter schools should take the following steps to prepare for the updates:

  1. Download and save all current special education policies saved to the Legal Framework, if you have not done so already;
  2. Update all necessary policies to meet the requirements of the 2018 Legal Framework;
  3. Adopt updated policies at a Board of Directors meeting prior to the October 31, 2018 posting deadline.
The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) Legal Team updated all of the necessary policies. Current Model Policy Subscribers can access the updated policies under the ‘Products and Services’ tab in the Quality Portal. If you are not a Model Policy Subscriber, renew your policies today! A renewal of the Model Policy subscription is $1000 or $3000 for first time purchases. The Model Policy Subscription includes all required Special Education Policies. More information about the Model Policy Subscription can be found on the TCSA webpage.

For questions regarding the Model Policies, contact Christine Nishimura, Deputy General Counsel at cnishimura@txcharterschools.org or (512) 584-8272. For questions regarding the ESC Region 18 Legal Framework and how to upload new policies, please contact Region 18 or your ESC Regional office.