Bilingual Education Exception and ESL Waiver Resources

Application Requirements

  • Local Education Agencies (LEAs), including school districts, districts of innovation, and open-enrollment charter schools that are unable to provide the appropriately certifiedteachers to implement the bilingual education program mustrequest from the commissioner of education an exception forthe bilingual education program and approval to offer a temporaryalternative languageprogram as per 19 TAC §89.1207(a).
  • Local Education Agencies (LEAs), including school districts, districts of innovation, and open-enrollment charter schools that are unable to provide the appropriately certified teachersto implement the ESL programmust request from the commissioner of education a waiver fortheESL programand approval to offer a temporaryalternative languageprogramas per 19 TAC §89.1207(b).
  • Allapplications are due on or beforeNovember 1, 2023.
  • Completeboth parts of the application and submit to ջ asattachments in anemail to: BilingualExceptions_ESLWaivers@tea.texas.gov. (Notice the underscore after the word Exceptions in the email address.)
  • The district's Bilingual/ESL contact person may complete the exception/waiver application, but the applicationincludesan assurance that the superintendent has reviewed and approved the completed applicationprior to submission.

Contact the Emergent Bilingual Support Division with any questions related to the Bilingual Education Exception and/or ESL Waiver requirements and application process atEmergentBilingualSupport@tea.texas.gov.

Application and Instructions

Resources

Contact Information

Division of Emergent Bilingual Support
Phone: (512) 463-9414
EmergentBilingualSupport@tea.texas.gov