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CONTRACTS

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× The TEA-SPEDx Original Contract
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× The TEA-SPEDx Contract Amendment
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× School District-SPEDx Data Sharing License & Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
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× Lousiana Dept of Education-SPEDx Data Sharing Agreement
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TEA DOCUMENTS

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× Letter of Reprimand Addressed to Former TEA Special Education Director, Dr. Laurie Kash
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× Dr. Laurie Kash's Response to Letter of Reprimand
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× List of School Districts & Charters Who Shared Student Data with SPEDx
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× Projected Grant Monies to be Paid by TEA to Participating School Districts & Charters
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× TEA Internal Audit Regarding Dr. Laurie Kash's SPEDx Contract Complaint
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× TEA Cancels SPEDx Contract Press Release
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× Lousiana Dept of Education-SPEDx Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
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Recommendations for Parents

  • 1. At this time, it is our recommendation to parents and local stakeholders that they contact their school district to find out whether it has shared IEPs with “SPEDx,” and if not, to discourage it from doing so until we have more information about privacy protections, and the purpose, methodologies, and application of the data collection of the IEP Analysis Project.



  • 2. We also do not recommend parent participation in “empathy interviews.”



  • 3. If your district has shared your IEPs by participating in this project, we recommend that you contact your elected Board of Trustees to find out what, if any, policies are in place to protect parent rights when student records are shared with private entities.



  • 4. Ask your district for their criteria in determining who constitutes a school official or other third party with a legitimate educational interest to whom the school/district intends to disclose personally identifiable information without parental consent.



  • 5. We encourage parents to lobby their districts to - at a minimum - only use educational technology companies (especially IEP and 504 software programs) that have signed the Student Privacy Pledge. More information about this can be found HERE.

 
 
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