TEA Cancels IEP Analysis Project

The voices of parents, advocates, and different disabilities organizations in Texas were heard!! Texas Education Agency (TEA) has canceled the IEP Analysis Project with Georgia based company, SPEDx. TEA Commissioner Mike Morath released a statement last Friday announcing the cancellation of the project. “Significant concerns have been raised regarding our agency’s processes and the scope of the project,” TEA Commissioner Mike Morath said in a statement issued Friday evening. “The efficacy of the project would be undermined without real support from parents and educators alike. As a result, this project cannot proceed effectively. TEA will continue to work with parents and educators to identify methods to improve outcomes for our special education students.” The cancellation takes place in 15 days & SPEDx must destroy all IEPS & data received from TEA. To read more about the cancellation of the projects click the two links below. http://www.mystatesman.com/news/local-education/tea-cancels-controversial-project/jo3asrgxx0ZGyfDl3sm0uN/ https://www.texastribune.org/2017/12/15/texas-education-agency-no-bid-contract/

Important Topics Affecting Students & Individuals With Disabilities in Texas

Below are links about two important topics currently affecting students and individuals with disabilities in Texas. The first link is to the Texans for Special Education Reform (TxSER) website that shares information about the IEP Analysis Project. The IEP Analysis Project basically is a project that involves students’ & parents’ confidential information being sold to a company who does not have an educational need to know. In September, Texans for Special Education Reform learned that Texas school districts were contacted during the Summer of 2017 by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and encouraged to share at least three years of student Individual Education Plans (IEPs) with TEA vendor SPEDx of Georgia in exchange for payment. It was explained the purpose of the project was data mining to identify ways to improve special education. https://www.texans4spedreform.org/txser-at-work The second link is to an article in the Houston Chronicle about the potential loss of healthcare for millions of children because of Congress’ failure to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a federal-state program known as CHIP. http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Texas-children-deserve-better-than-this-from-12401098.php