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Special Education


Valerie Garnes serves as the District’s Special Education Program Adminstrative Assistant. For any information for CISD’s Special Education Program, you may reach her at 903-427-3891 ext 770 or

TEA Child Find


STAAR Notice 2017

Texas Transition and Employment Guide

Parent and Family Engagement Connection News Letter

Supplemental Special Ed Services – TEA Correspondence

TEA SB 139 (86th Leg.)

Parent Resources

Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES)

TEA launched a new initiative for students with disabilities to receive additional, personalized services outside of the classroom. This effort serves to offset the coronavirus-related disruptions of special education programs.

The Supplementary Special Education Services (SSES) grant eligible families up to $1500 per child to find tutors, therapists, or other resources for students with disabilities. Nearly 59,000 students will qualify for the additional aid, according to Gov. Greg. Abbott, and TEA.

What does this mean for our students?

Eligible parents/caregivers will have access to TEA’s on-line purchasing account. Families may use the account to obtain special education resources, supplies, and or services. Services can include additional speech therapy or other direct care.

Special Population teachers will need to review the program’s link below. You may print the FAQ information for the parents or direct them to the website for additional information. Enrollment is now open, so please notify your parents of their opportunity to participate as quickly as possible:

Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES)

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.

Senate Bill 139 Notice to Families

About CISD Special Education

The Clarksville 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.    

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) 427-3891 (Office)
(903) 427-5071 (Fax)
1500 S Main Street
Clarksville, Texas 75426

Survey on Special Education Services (Espanol)

OPO Crosswalk Legal Framework

TEA Legal Framework

Dispute Resolution Handbook