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Small and Rural Schools


TEA is committed to providing effective supports and guidance to Texas public schools in their implementation of strong and effective programs for students with disabilities. The Small and Rural Schools Network (SRSN) was created to help these LEAs meet the challenges unique to their size and region. The purpose of this project is to provide technical assistance to students with disabilities who live in small and rural local education agencies (LEAs) within Texas. Difficulty with staff recruitment/retention, geographic isolation, and availability of resources are just a few of the barriers these schools face. The SRSN will develop a network of collaborative partnerships, resources, and innovative professional development to ensure a more equitable level of service to students with disabilities (SWD) in small and rural LEAs.



Small – K-12 population of 700 or less students, based on Fall 2021 Snapshot data
Rural – located 60 or more miles away from the nearest ESC


Evaluation Certification Reimbursement Program -

Speech and Mental Health Teletherapy Program

Centralized Support Programs -



Special Education Quick Links

Team Members

Stephanie Miller
ESC Special Ed Liason
(409) 951-1762

Deena VanPelt
ESC Special Ed Liason
(409) 951-1764