|(a) General provisions.
(1) The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will announce
and execute an open application for blended learning grants pursuant
to Texas Education Code (TEC), §29.924, to assist school districts
and open-enrollment charter schools in implementing effective blended
(2) "Blended learning" means an instructional delivery
method that combines classroom and online instruction and is facilitated
with instructional software.
(b) Application and selection process.
(1) TEA will make publicly available the blended learning
grant application, eligibility criteria, and scoring rubric. Priority
will be given to school districts and open-enrollment charter schools
with the highest numbers of educationally disadvantaged students.
(2) Submitted applications will be scored according
to the published scoring rubric, and grants will be awarded by TEA
to the school districts and open-enrollment charter schools whose
applications are scored highest under the rubric.
(3) All grantees must complete the requirements of
the program described in TEC, §29.924(d).
(c) Training programs. TEA will publish a list of approved
training programs pursuant to TEC, §29.924. TEA will approve
training programs based on a scoring rubric that will be made publicly
available. The list of currently approved training programs is available
on the TEA website, and TEA will update the list at its discretion.