The following provisions apply to a document filed with the Texas Education
Agency (TEA) under a provision of this subchapter. Grant applications and
other documents filed with the TEA under provisions other than this subchapter
are governed by the filing rules specific to those documents.
(1) Hand delivery. A document shall be deemed filed only when
stamped received by the receiving division of the TEA. A document stamped
received after 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) shall be deemed filed
on the following business day.
(2) Mail or courier. A document may be filed by mail if sent
by certified United States mail, return receipt requested, or by an overnight
courier service. A document shall be deemed timely filed if it is mailed on
the filing deadline, as evidenced by a legible postmark placed on the envelope
by the United States Postal Service, and the document is stamped received
by the receiving division by 5:00 p.m. CST on the fifth business day following
the filing deadline.
(3) Facsimile transmission. Where facsimile transmission is
permitted by the receiving division, the following provisions apply:
(A) Facsimile transmission of a document via telecopier to
the receiving division constitutes filing if received in legible form. Filing
by facsimile completed after 5:00 p.m. CST shall be deemed filed on the following
(B) If the document requires an original signature or must
be an original under applicable rules, then facsimile transmission constitutes
filing only if, by 5:00 p.m. on the tenth calendar day following the filing
deadline, the original is stamped received by the receiving division.
(4) Receiving division. The receiving division is the division
of the TEA specified by any rule in 19 TAC, Part II, requiring that a document
be filed with the TEA. If a rule does not specify a division, the receiving
division is the TEA division responsible for charter schools.
(5) Misdirected filing. A document sent to a division other
than the receiving division shall not be deemed filed unless and until received
by the receiving division. It shall not be the responsibility of any division
to timely redirect a document sent to a division other than the receiving