Texas Lawmaker Calls for Immediate Changes to State’s Special Education System

Texas Lawmaker Calls for Immediate Changes to State's Special Education System

By Anna Wiernicki

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, wrote a letter to the Texas Education Agency this week over concerns that Texas is denying tens of thousands of kids from special education programs they need as a cost cutting measure.

The shocking numbers were first revealed last month by a Houston Chronicle investigation. The investigation found that the state adopted a policy in 2004 that set an 8.5 percent target for Texas school children receiving special-ed services. That’s the lowest percentage in the country.

“The Members of the Texas House continue to be concerned that school districts are excluding students from needed special education services,” Straus said in his letter to TEA Commissioner Mike Morath, “because those districts are trying to comply with the Texas Education Agency’s monitoring system.”

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