Obligations under law and regulation
TIEE is and does many things, each of which has laws, regulations, ordinances, and contracts stipulating how it is to operate. For example, TIEE is a California non-profit corporation [501(c)(3)] and complies with Federal and state non-profit laws and regulations. TIEE is an employer of over 150 teachers, therapists, assistants, and support personnel and complies with Federal and state regulations for employers, including regulations concerning worker safety, human resources, and so forth. TIEE operates four schools, serving approximately 450 students and is in compliance with Federal and state regulations concerning its facilities and its students, their safety, their educational achievement, the curriculum through which they progress, and so on.
State certification means extensive review of compliance
TIEE’s schools are also certified by the California Department of Education as nonpublic, non-sectarian schools. Nonpublic, non-sectarian schools are private schools that have no religious affiliation and that meet extensive qualifications to be certified, ranging from local zoning and fire clearance to teacher qualifications and textbooks. Nonpublic, non-sectarian schools are on the continuum of service to students with special needs and they present school districts with an option to provide Federally required free and appropriate education (FAPE) to students for whom no district program is appropriate to the students’ needs. They must undergo annual recertification and site visits by representatives of the Department of Education every four years or more often if necessary.
Compliance established for TIEE’s schools in recent site reviews
TIEE completed an intensive site review of all of its schools during the 2014-2015 school year. The review included extensive evaluation of contracts and records; site visits; classroom observations; interviews with administrators, teachers, therapists, and assistants; and interviews with students, parents, and school district personnel. All of TIEE’s schools were found to be in compliance with the extensive range of laws, regulations, ordinances, and contracts that dictate how they are to operate. The result of the review was an unqualified recertification of all four of TIEE’s schools.