After the legislature in 2017 adopted clarifying amendments to the original law requiring video cameras in special education classes in certain circumstances, TEA began the long process of proposing similar changes to its rules. TEA announced the final adoption of the rules in late January, and TCTA was pleased to see that many of our suggestions were included in the final rules.
TEA’s original proposed rule changes included eliminating some of the limitations in state law that TCTA considered important; TCTA was successful in advocating that the following provisions be retained:
Additionally, some important statutory changes made by the legislature were not included in TEA’s proposed rules. TCTA was successful in ensuring that the rules included clarification regarding how long a video camera must be operated, by providing that it must only be for the remainder of the school year in which a school/campus receives a request.
Finally, TCTA supported proposed changes to the rule that reflected important changes made by the legislature, including:
The rules became effective January 31, 2019.