The U.S. Department of Education has released it’s report detailing its finding into Texas’ noncompliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and failing to educate students with disabilities. The federal investigation was sparked by an article series titled “Denied” in the Houston Chronicle. This series of articles took an in depth look at the state of special education in Texas and investigated the use of the 8.5 percent cap. In response to the “Denied” series federal officials visited five Texas cities in December 2016 and held listening sessions gathering input from numerous parents telling stories of how their child was denied special education services. Federal officials returned to Texas in February 2017 to tour selected school districts and review special education paperwork.
For more information on this developing story click the links below. The second link includes the full report from the Department of Education. The last link is to the “Denied” series that sparked the investigation.