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Special Programs

Billye Trader
Executive Director, 
Special Programs 

Julia Walton
Secretary to the Executive Director 

Jennifer Upshaw
Director,  Special Programs

Jessica Sanchez

Aiding Students With Learning Difficulties or Who Need Special Education, Section 504 Services

For those students who are having difficulty in the regular classroom, all school districts and open enrollment charter schools must consider tutorial, compensatory, and other academic or behavior support services that are available to all students, including a process based on Response to Intervention (RtI). The implementation of RtI has the potential to have a positive impact on the ability of districts and charter schools to meet the needs of all struggling students.

If your child is experiencing learning difficulties, you may contact your child's teacher, the campus counselor, the campus administrators, or the Special Programs department to learn about the school’s overall general education referral or screening system for support services. This system links students to a variety of support options, including making a referral for a special education evaluation or for a Section 504 evaluation to determine if the student needs specific aids, accommodations, or services.  A parent may request an evaluation for special education or Section 504 services at any time. 

Procedural Safeguards Parent's Guide to the ARD Process

La Porte ISD Special Education Administrative ProceduresSpecial Education Classroom Video Request Form Special Education Records Request

SPEDTex: The Texas Special Education Information Center

This center provides resources to stakeholders across the state of Texas. Their purpose is to optimize information and respond with technical assistance in a succinct and useful format that is user friendly, culturally responsive, and accessible to all individuals. SPEDTex provides supportive state-wide leadership that promotes collaboration, meaningful communication and participation in the development and delivery of services to children with disabilities. Website: www.spedtex.org.  Email: inquire@spedtex.org.   Phone: 1-855-SPED-TEX (1-855-773-3839).