Hamshire-Fannett provides special education services for students who reside within the boundaries of the school district.  

    Special education is a child-centered program added to the regular school program to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

    The purpose of IDEA, federal special education law, is to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for employment, further education and independent living.

    Our mission is to provide our parents, students, and staff with information about the special education program, as well as providing updated information on State and Federal Guidelines. 

    We invite you to email any suggestions or questions to Stephen Edwards at sedwards@hfhorns.net or contact our office at (409) 222-6101.


    To receive special education services, students with disabilities must be at least three years old but under twenty-two years old. Hearing impaired and visually impaired students may receive these services from birth and as long as they have not reached they twenty-second birthday by September 1 of the year of enrollment.

    In order for a child to qualify for special education services, they must be found to have one of the 13 categories of special education and it must adversely affect their educational performance. 

    • Autism  
    • Blindness  
    • Deafness  
    • Emotional Disturbance  
    • Hearing Impairment  
    • Intellectually Challenged 
    • Multiple Disabilities 
    • Orthopedic Impairment  
    • Other Health Impaired  
    • Specific Learning Disability  
    • Speech or Language Impairment  
    • Traumatic Brain Injury   
    • Visual Impairment

    Students who are eligible for special education and related services are provided these services as determined by the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Committee and detailed in the Individual Education Plan (IEP).  

    HB 657 Notice to Parents

    The 85th Texas Legislature recently passed legislation (HB 657) which pertains to students who receive special education services under Texas Education Code, Chapter 29, subchapter A.

    All students taking state assessment (STAAR), including students receiving special education services, are subject to grade-advancement requirements and participation in an accelerated instruction program. However, HB 657 requires the Admission, Review, Dismissal (ARD) committee to make decisions regarding both grade placement and participation in an accelerated instruction program in certain circumstances.

    HB 657 states that if a 5th or 8th grade student receiving special education services does not perform satisfactorily on STAAR in reading or mathematics, the ARD committee must meet prior to the second administration of the test. The ARD committee must determine the manner in which the student will participate in an accelerated instruction program and whether the student will be promoted or retained.

    When deciding between promotion and retention, the ARD committee may promote the student if the student made sufficient progress on the measurable academic goals in the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), despite not performing satisfactorily on the reading or mathematics STAAR test. If promoted, the school district is not required to provide the student additional opportunities to perform satisfactorily on the STAAR test.

    Additional information regarding promotion can be found in the Student Success Initiative (SSI) Manual, which can be accessed online at:
    Student Success Initiative

    If you have questions, please contact your Campus Diagnostician or:

    Stephen Edwards, Assistant Superintendent of Special Services
    409-794-1412, ext 281

    SB 139

    Notice to Parents:

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    Information Regarding Compensatory Services
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    School districts and open-enrollment charter schools shall provide to parents of children suspected to have dyslexia or a related disorder a copy or a link to the electronic version of the "Dyslexia Handbook: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders.

    2018 Dyslexia Handbook on Texas Education Agency website
    2018 El Manual Sobre La Dislexia 

  • Stephen Edwards
    (409) 794-1412 Ext. 281

  • Doddie Hatcher
    (409) 794-1412 Ext. 281