U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights Sees a Rise in Disability Complaints

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has released its annual report for the fiscal year ending in September. Overall, there were 16, 720 complaints submitted to the office which is a dramatic increase from the 10, 392 submitted the previous year.  According to the report, 36 percent of the complaints received were disability related. The Office of Civil Rights received nearly 6,000 disability related complaints during fiscal year 2016 which is up from the 4,800 complaints received the previous year. The office did have success in resolving 5,232 of the 6,000 disability related complaints. https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2016/12/08/education-rise-disability/23103/  

U.S Department of Education Officials will be in Texas December 12-15

The U.S. Department of Education is sending officials to Texas to ask residents and educators whether the state is illegally denying special education services to students with disabilities. Department officials said they will hold public “listening sessions” as part of a probe into a large decline in services in the state and in response to the 8.5% cap exposed by articles in the Houston Chronicle. The meetings will take place in Houston and the Dallas area on Dec. 12, in Edinburg and El Paso on Dec. 13, and in Austin on Dec. 15. http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/Feds-coming-to-Texas-for-listening-sessions-on-10645931.php