Texas Twins Law

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  1. Alan Goss

    Alan Goss New Member

    Is anyone familiar with how to appeal an elementary school principal's decision to separate twins going into 1st grade under the Texas Twins law? Thanks
     
  2. 2 Munchkins

    2 Munchkins Well-Known Member

    I would direct him to H.B. 314, wherein it's the parents choice to keep together or separate the kids, with a few caveats. Has he giving you reasons as to why he won't consider keeping them together?


    H.B. No. 314

    AN ACT
    relating to the classroom placement of multiple birth siblings in
    public schools.
    BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
    SECTION 1. Subchapter B, Chapter 25, Education Code, is
    amended by adding Section 25.043 to read as follows:
    Sec.25.043.CLASSROOM PLACEMENT OF MULTIPLE BIRTH
    SIBLINGS. (a) In this section:

    (1)"Multiple birth sibling"means a twin, triplet,
    quadruplet, or other sibling resulting from a multiple birth.

    (2)"Parent"includes a person standing in parental
    relation.

    (b)The parent of multiple birth siblings who are assigned
    to the same grade level and school may request in writing, not later
    than the 14th day after the first day of enrollment, that the school
    place the siblings in the same classroom or in separate classrooms.

    (c)Except as provided by Subsection (d) or (g), a school
    shall provide the multiple birth siblings with the classroom
    placement requested by the parent.

    (d)At the end of the first grading period following the
    multiple birth siblings'enrollment in the school, if the principal
    of the school, in consultation with the teacher of each classroom in
    which the multiple birth siblings are placed, determines that the
    requested classroom placement is disruptive to the school, the
    principal may determine the appropriate classroom placement for the
    siblings.

    (e)A parent may appeal the principal's classroom placement
    of multiple birth siblings in the manner provided by school
    district policy. During an appeal, the multiple birth siblings
    shall remain in the classroom chosen by the parent.

    (f)The school may recommend to a parent the appropriate
    classroom placement for the multiple birth siblings and may provide
    professional educational advice to assist the parent with the
    decision regarding appropriate classroom placement.

    (g)A school district is not required to place multiple
    birth siblings in separate classrooms if the request would require
    the school district to add an additional class to the grade level of
    the multiple birth siblings.

    (h) This section does not affect:
    (1)a right or obligation under Subchapter A, Chapter
    29, or under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20
    U.S.C. Section 1400 et seq.) regarding the individual placement
    decisions of the school district admission, review, and dismissal
    committee; or

    (2)the right of a school district or teacher to remove
    a student from a classroom under Chapter 37.

    SECTION 2. Section 25.043, Education Code, as added by this
    Act, applies beginning with the 2007-2008 school year.
    SECTION 3. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
    a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
    provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
    Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
    Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
    ____________________________________________________________
    President of the SenateSpeaker of the House
    I certify that H.B. No. 314 was passed by the House on March
    28, 2007, by the following vote: Yeas 143, Nays 0, 1 present, not
    voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
    No. 314 on May 3, 2007, by the following vote: Yeas 141, Nays 0, 2
    present, not voting.
    ______________________________
    Chief Clerk of the House
    I certify that H.B. No. 314 was passed by the Senate, with
    I certify that H.B. No. 314 was passed by the Senate, with
    amendments, on April 26, 2007, by the following vote: Yeas 31,
    Nays 0.
    ______________________________
    Secretary of the Senate
    APPROVED: __________________
    APPROVED: __________________
    Date


    __________________
    Governor
     
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