Special Education

Senate Bill 139, Notice to Families

In 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 139 (SB 139), which requires Texas local education agencies (LEAs) to distribute the following notice to parents: 

LEAs must complete the customizable sections of the documents found at the links listed above and distribute them to all parents or families of children enrolled in each LEA. TEA has provided the notice in English and Spanish. LEAs are required to make a good faith effort to provide the notice in the parent or family’s native language, if the parent of family’s native language is a language other than English or Spanish.

These notices contain the following information:

  • Changes made from 2016 to 2017 in reporting requirements for LEAs regarding special education enrollment in the Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System
  • The rights of a child regarding the provision of special education services under both state and federal law
  • The process and procedures for initiating a referral for evaluation for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and TEC Sec. 29.004.
  • Where to find local policies and procedures related to initiating a referral for evaluation under IDEA
SB 139 requires LEAs to demonstrate compliance in distributing these notices to parents. LEAs should log into the LEA section of the Legal Framework and affirm compliance by  April 30, 2020.

Resources: Texas Education Agency


About LISD Special Education

The Longview 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.    

The Longview Independent School District Special Education Department provides educational services to more than 800 students throughout the school district.  Approximately 125 teachers, instructional aides, speech/language pathologists and related services personnel provide instruction and related services at no cost to the parent to eligible students with disabilities.  Due to the diversity of student educational needs present among Longview ISD’s students with disabilities, the district offers a comprehensive special education program designed to meet this wide range of unique needs. 

If you have comments, suggestions or would like to obtain additional information about the Special Education Department, please contact Special Education Support Staff at:

(903) 381-2277 (Office)
(903) 381-2318 (Fax)
1301 East Young
Longview, TX  75601

Survey on Special Education Services (Espanol)

Operating Guidelines LISD Special Education

Special Education Livebinder
(Includes links to livebinders for Autism, LID, AT, Transition, Behavior, OT/PT)

504 Livebinder

RtI Livebinder

TEA Legal Framework

Dispute Resolution Handbook

Parents Guide to the ARD Process (EnglishSpanish)

Notice of Procedural Safeguards (EnglishSpanishOther)


Thank you,
Cindy Verhalen, M.Ed.
Director of Special Programs