AASA and Rethink Ed Special Convening

AASA Special Session for Superintendents: What now? Rapid Changes in Special Education, Equity and the Texas Special Education Cap

Presented by AASA in partnership with RethinkEd and the Texas Rural Education Association

June 23, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Hotel & Golf Club
3300 Championship Parkway, Ft. Worth, Texas 76177
To RSVP visit https://goo.gl/Nny0Kt

Session Description: Last month, the United States Supreme Court ruled that schools must pay for private education for students with disabilities in the Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District decision. Also, in April, the Texas State Legislature lifted the 8.5% cap on special education that has been in place for thirteen years. For many educational leaders, these two decisions have raised many policy and practice issues about how best to serve all special needs children.

The recent events have significant implications for students with disabilities in Texas and throughout the United States. School district leaders must adjust practices to ensure that all eligible students are properly identified and receive the services that they require through IDEA.

The implications are not just for students, but compel us to think about how best to prepare staff to deal with these changes. To that end, AASA is pleased to present, in partnership with TxREA and RethinkEd, a special session to help superintendents and district leaders address the rapid changes in state and federal special education policies and to identify pathways to implement district level changes. Participants will hear from superintendents, Texas lawyers involved in the Douglas County decision and national leaders who are currently effectively addressing the issue.

This special AASA session is open to all superintendents; lunch will be provided. Superintendents who participate in this session will be eligible for travel or TxREA summer conference registration reimbursement (up to $165). The event is free; however, registration is required, to RSVP visit https://goo.gl/Nny0Kt.

About AASA: AASA, The School Superintendents Association, advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders.

AASA founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA members range from chief executive officers, superintendents and senior level school administrators to cabinet members, professors and aspiring school system leaders. Visit http://www.aasa.org/ to learn more.

About RethinkEd: RethinkEd combines the power of technology and research to deliver innovative, scalable and evidence-based instructional materials and supports for learners with disabilities. The comprehensive suite of tools ensures that every student develops the academic, behavioral and social/emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life. RethinkEd positions educators, students and families for success.