This part of the story details how some Texas schools dramatically decreased their special education rolls by taking away needed services from children with autism, dyslexia, speech impairments, mental illnesses and other disabilities in response to the state’s 8.5 percent cap on the number of students with disabilities. The article focuses on the Laredo Independent School District and how the school district was punished by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for “over-identification” of students with disabilities. The district responded to TEA by taking away services and kicking our nearly one-third of its special education students in a single school year.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/denied/

There’s also an addition article on a school district administrator who is fighting his own employer to get his son back the special education services he desperately needs.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/denied/extra/

 

 

 

 

Part Two of the Houston Chronicle article “Denied” has been Published

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