MOVING TO TEXAS
So you have decided to make a big move to Texas. Please understand a few things:
1) If your child currently receives any sort of medicaid waiver supports in your state - these DO NOT Transfer to Texas. And in Texas - there is a waiting list for community support services. For the HCS program - the wait is 8-10 years; for the CLASS program it might 6-8 years. If you still want to move here - Here is a link to Apply for support services - http://www.dads.state.tx.us/services/contact.cfm
2) If your child receives special education or related services in school - You may want to do the following BEFORE you leave:
a) Make sure that all the services that your child currently receives are noted in your IEP. Sometimes when a good teacher has been working with a student for awhile, they may use strategies or supports that work, but are not noted in the child's IEP. Make sure everything is written down. If it is not written down, it DID NOT happen.
b) Make sure that if a stranger was to pick up the goals and objectives - they would know what to do/how to teach the goal. Sometimes goals are written and they are really not easily understood (except by the person who wrote them or is teaching) or they may not be measurable. Check your child's goals - do you know what your child is supposed to learn? Can you easily measure whether he/she has done that or not? If not, you may want to ensure that your child's goals and objectives are clearly written and measurable.
c) Is your child up for a re-evaluation? Is your evaluation current? Should you think about getting an evaluation done with people who know your child BEFORE you move? Just an idea to keep in mind.
d) Make sure you have a complete copy of the most current evaluation and individual education program. Sometimes parents only have a few pages. Organize your information in a binder or other file system so that you can find it. Go by your current school and ask to review the special education folder and make sure you have all the documentation that you need. Your child's big file will not travel to the new school district when your new district requests records....only the most recent attendance, grades, and IEP will be sent.
3) In Texas - we practice site based management - Principals set the tone. Meaning that there can be great schools in a lousy district, and lousy schools in a great district. A school that is good one year, may not be good the next due to staff changes. Also every parent's expectations are different - what is good for my child, might not be good for yours. For that reason - Family to Family Network cannot really tell you what school or district to move into.
There are lots of beautiful new homes in Texas, but go with your gut.
If you want to learn more about specific school districts and how students with disabilities fair with testing, discipline and least restrictive environment (generally speaking) - make sure you check out a district performance based monitoring report - http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/pbm/distrpts.html
4) Create a Portfolio for your child - it is a great tool to help the new school get to know your child with a disability. For more information on how to do this - see http://www.texasprojectfirst.org/StudentIntroPort.html
Please see the following pages on our website:
IEP SUPPORT TOOLS - Get a copy of 2012 IDEA manual to help you understand the special ed. process in Texas.
HOUSTON ORGANIZATIONS - A listing of parent support groups in the Houston area
EDIGEST - A listing of weekly/monthly meetings of parent groups in the Houston area.
Please also join our edigest - a listing of monthly events that are going on around the greater Houston area.
Also feel free to call our office and speak to a parent liaison for more information.
If you are moving to a location outside the Houston area - please call the Parent Training & Information Center for the state of Texas to find support in your new area.
You can also search for support groups by zipcode (if you know where you are moving to) on the Directory of Community Resources in Texas.
In addition, the US Dept of Education answers some questions regarding transfers - See Questions and Answers on IEP Development, Evaluation and Reevaluation
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 17:13|