Brownfield ISD Special Education
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Administrator. State Leads | Lee Lentz-Edwards and Becky Bilyeu
Our mission is to identify and serve individuals who meet the federal and state criteria as having a disability requiring specially designed instruction. We strive to collaborate with parents to develop an educational environment to meet the diverse academic, emotional, and social needs of our students in a respectful and positive environment.
Promoting high-quality instruction, parental collaboration, and individualized education plans so each student can learn and prepare for future success.
The Brownfield ISD Special Education program is based on IDEA of 1997 (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997) and the IDEIA of 2004 (Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act of 2004). Compliance with state and federal regulations governing special education is regularly monitored.
Special Education is specially designed instruction delivered through an environment that is appropriate for the child’s needs. It requires that students with disabilities be educated with students who do not have disabilities to the greatest extent possible, unless the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved. A child may have a disability but must also meet the federal definition for educational purposes to be covered under IDEA and found eligible for special education services.
Brownfield ISD promotes the collaboration between parents’ understanding of their child and professional educators who have experience and knowledge of best instructional practices. Brownfield ISD is committed to providing special education students aged 3 to 21 with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) based upon their unique needs in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) through a continuum of services to promote access to and participation in general education. In Brownfield, a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) is available for all children residing within the Brownfield Independent School District. We serve a range of students with disabilities including children with Autism, Deaf-Blindness, Deafness, Non-Categorical Early Childhood, Emotional Disability, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Specific Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Other Health Impairment, Orthopedic Impairment, Speech or Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Visual Impairment.
The Special Education Department of Brownfield ISD offers related services to students who are identified as eligible in order to benefit from special education instruction to access their least restrictive educational environment. We also provide transition planning with students beginning at age 14 (or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP team) to assist them in becoming self-advocates and active citizens.
Students from ages 3 through 21 (birth through 21 if visually or auditorially impaired) are eligible for special education services. Parents, teachers and other EISD staff identify and refer these students for a Full and Individual Evaluation (FIE). An Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Committee determines the student’s eligibility and educational need based on federal and state criteria.
Full and Individual Evaluations are available by appropriate referral to students residing within Brownfield ISD. Evaluation personnel serve each school by administering evaluations, making recommendations for IEP development, and assisting school staff.
Child with a disability means a child evaluated in accordance with IDEA as having and who, by reason thereof, needs special education and related services.
Parent’s Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process Page | 4 February 2021 The RtI approach is part of a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) in which each level or tier represents an increasingly intense level of intervention.
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Brownfield schools provide a continuum of services for students with disabilities. Brownfield ISD provides special education for disabled children from 3-21 years of age (birth through 21 if visually or auditorially disabled), as required by state and federal law.
The school district strives to provide appropriate programs for all students. The programs are established on the following principle: Each student is entitled to educational opportunities appropriate to his/her abilities and needs.
A variety of program services are available.
Updates to Special Education: