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Special Education - Resources for Parents of Special Education Students

The New Summerfield Independent School District is committed to providing students who have specialized learning needs an educational program that supports each student in reaching his/her full potential. The instruction offered by highly qualified, certified special education teachers and licensed related service personnel is changed in content, methodology, and/or delivery of instruction to address the unique needs of the student which result from the student’s disability. The goal of special education is to ensure access of the student to the general curriculum, so that the student may meet the educational standards within the jurisdiction of the school district that apply to all children.

Child Find (click link for more information)

Child Find is a comprehensive system ensuring all children are educated to their maximum potential that is provided by the New Summerfield Independent School District.

The purpose of Child Find is to locate, identify, and evaluate infants, children and young adults who may have a developmental delay or disability.

Services at no cost to the family are available to all eligible individuals from birth through 21 years of age regardless of the severity of their disability.

If you know someone who may have a problem with learning, speech, vision, hearing, a health or physical disability which interferes with his/her education, contact the New Summerfield Independent School District.

Child Find can open a window of hope for a brighter future.

New Summerfield I.S.D. is a member of the Cherokee County Special Education Shared Services Arrangement (SSA). Through the Shared Services Arrangement, student need's are identified and serviced by individuals who are Specialists in their field of study. To visit the contacts, programs, services, and transition services offered through the Cherokee County Special Education Shared Services Arrangement, please visit the following website: Cherokee County Special Education Shared Services Arrangement (SSA).      

Special Education Updates & Parental Resources                  

SB 139 Notice to Parents (English)                          SB 139 Notice to Parents (Spanish)     __________________________________________________  

Information on Special Education in Texas:    

Dyslexia, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Section 504 (English and Spanish)    


Information on Special Education in Texas Servicios Compensatorios:  

Delayed or Denied Evaluations and Compensatory Services                              

(English)                                                                                    (Spanish)   _________________________________________________  

Student Handbook Statement:  

Aiding students who have learning disabilities or who need Special Education or Section 504 Services (TEC §26.0081)                               

(English)                                                                                    (Spanish)   _________________________________________________  

Notice of Procedural Safeguards:  

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended in 2004, requires schools to provide parents of a child with a disability with a notice containing a full explanation of the procedural safeguards available under IDEA and its implementing regulations. (34 C.F.R. §300.504(b))                               

(English)                                                                                    (Spanish)    _________________________________________________  

ARD Guides:  

This guide is designed to give you, as the parent of a child who is or may be eligible for special education and related services, a better understanding of the special education process and of your procedural rights and responsibilities so that you will be able to fully participate in the decision-making process regarding your child’s education. (20 U.S.C. §1415(b))                              

(English)                                                                                    (Spanish)  

Texas Transition and Employment Guide    

The New Summerfield ISD Transition/Employment Designee is Keri Burton.   Her Contact information is:     Cherokee County Shared Services Arrangement (SSA)   203 East 7th Street, Rusk, Texas 75785 Phone: 903-683-4466 Fax: 903-683-2104 Email:

Texas Transition and Employment Guides (TEC §29.0012(e))

  (English)                                                                                    (Espanol)

Texas Transition and Employment Guide          La guía de transición y empleo de Texas

Significant Disproportionality State and Federal Activity Updates:  

Significant Disproportionality Updates    

Dyslexia Handbook 2021 Update Imporant Changes Actualization del manual de dislexia 2021:  

OSEP Response to Texas Corrective Action

(English)                                                                                   (Spanish)   ________________________________________________________  


The Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) provides resources and interactive features for increasing family awareness of disabilities and special education processes, with the goal of improving partnerships between schools and families.

Contact information:

Phone: 1-855-773-3839


Live Chat:

Website for Parents of Younger Children with Special Needs

For additional information regarding Special Education, please contact the Region VII Education Service Center:

Education Service Center: Region VII Education Service Center

Contact's Name: Cheryl Schulik

Telephone Number: 903-988-6903

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