Government Relations & Public Policy
Thompson & Horton attorneys have extensive experience helping clients shape policy through legislation and administrative regulations. Our attorneys have been closely involved in many of the most significant legal decisions affecting public school finance over the past 25 years. We have worked closely on legislation and regulations affecting personnel, curriculum, special education services, school board governance, and other matters of vital interest to Texas education.
At the state level, we have represented the Texas Association of School Administrators, the Houston Independent School District, the Texas Fast Growth Schools Association, the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education, the Texas School Alliance, and many other organizations before the Texas Legislature, Texas Education Agency, Texas Comptroller’s Office, the Attorney General of Texas, and other agencies.
At the federal level, our attorneys organized and led a large coalition of school districts to provide input regarding the reauthorization of the IDEA and the subsequent rules as well as played key roles in the recent re-authorization of the ESEA (now, ESSA).
We recognize it is essential not only to assist clients with interpreting and implementing laws and regulations, but also to help shape legislation and policy.