Texas has unveiled a formal plan to overhaul special education statewide, after federal officials found that services were for years illegally denied to students with disabilities.
The Texas Education Agency released a draft plan in January. It conducted 100-plus feedback focus groups with students, parents, teachers, and school administrators before releasing the final plan last week. It calls for increasing special education staffing, providing better special education training for teachers, and creating more tools for parents of children with suspected disabilities.
Texas also will assist districts in identifying and helping thousands of students who were previously denied services.
A version of this article appeared in the May 02, 2018 edition of Education Week as Texas Unveils Special Education Fix After Denying Services for Years