More than a dozen Texas teachers and administrators say they delayed or denied special education to students with disabilities in order to stay below the benchmark state officials set for the number of students who should get such services.
A Houston Chronicle investigation found that since the 2004 implementation of the benchmark, the rate of students getting special education dropped from near the national average of 13 percent to the lowest in the country—8.5 percent in 2015.
Spokesmen for numerous districts said they haven’t denied special education to any children with disabilities. Texas education officials say they will take a closer look at special education access.
A version of this article appeared in the September 21, 2016 edition of Education Week as Texas Schools Reported To Deny Spec. Ed. Services