Texas Drafts Plan to Assure Kids Get Access to Special Education

Texas will launch an aggressive campaign to identify kids who should have received special education services that includes targeting specific districts and families. On Thursday, Education Commissioner Mike Morath released a draft of the state's plan to address issues flagged by a federal investigation that found students were intentionally denied special education services because of a perceived cap on enrollment. "This corrective action plan provides the State of Texas the chance to make meaningful, lasting change in how we educate and support children with special needs," Morath said in a news release. The state has already scraped the accountability measurement that officials said encouraged districts to keep special education enrollment under 8.5 percent. But in response to the U.S. Department of Education's investigation, Morath issued the outline for a corrective action plan that largely focuses on outreach and boosting support to schools.   Continue reading...

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