Special-Education Voucher Alert! Write Your Lawmakers in Opposition

Despite the big House majority vote (103 to 44) against any form of voucher funding in SB 1, the budget bill, two voucher bills will get a hearing on Thursday in the House Public Education Committee.  Both bills—HB 1335 by Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton) and HB 4193, also by Simmons—focus on special-education students. In other […]

Special-Ed Vouchers to Get a Hearing; Community Schools Would Gain State Backing under Key Bill

Special-ed Vouchers to Get a Hearing in House Committee:  Despite the big House majority vote (103 to 44) against any form of voucher funding in SB 1, the budget bill, the House Public Education Committee will give a hearing to two voucher bills on Thursday, April 27. Both bills are by Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton) […]

House Plan for State Budget Coming to a Vote April 6; Other Action at the Capitol

House Plan for State Budget Coming to a Vote April 6:  The House is scheduled to vote on its version of the 2018-19 budget bill, SB 1, on April 6. Also set to be voted on that day is the supplemental spending bill for fiscal 2017, HB 2. Pre-filing of amendments to the budget bills […]

Special Education Survey Highlights the Harmful Results of Underfunding Our Schools

Thanks to all of you who took the time to take our survey on Special Education services. We published the results of the survey in a news release to media today. The survey received considerable coverage in a Houston Chronicle article in which TEA Commissioner Mike Morath repeats his pledge to end a “Texas Education Agency policy that has […]

Special Education survey reveals yet another example of how Texas is underfunding services to our most vulnerable children.

A Texas AFT statewide survey of Texas educators and parents highlights the barriers to Special Education services that many schoolchildren confront because school districts often lack the resources for evaluating and providing these students with the necessary educational services to which they are entitled by law.

Special-Education Students Need Services, Not Vouchers

A series of listening sessions held by federal education officials has turned up evidence of serious concerns about shortcomings in services for special-education students. The hearings, which conclude with a session in Austin Thursday evening, were prompted by reports that school districts, under pressure from the state to cap the number of students in special […]

USDOE Schedules Listening Sessions on Concerns over Special Education Services

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education has scheduled several “Listening Sessions” in Texas next week to “provide members of the public an opportunity to comment on the timely identification and evaluation of students with disabilities, as well as the delivery of special education and related services to all eligible children.” The move […]

Last Chance: Take the Special Education Services Survey (Deadline Sunday)?

You may recall we asked for your input on Special Education services with a survey that asks key questions like: Is the underidentifying of students with special needs a problem in your school district? What are some of the reasons that students have been denied special education evaluations and/or services? Thanks go to the hundreds […]

Your Input Needed to Identify Issues Surrounding Special Education Services

Is the underidentifying of students with special needs a problem in your school district? What are some of the reasons that students have been denied special education evaluations and/or services? These are just two of the key questions in a survey we are launching today on special education services. You can take the survey here. […]

Pre-Filing of Bills for 2017 Legislative Session Has Begun

Monday, November 14, marked the opening of bill filing for the 2017 legislative session that starts January 10. Education-related measures make up a high percentage of the 500 or so bills already pre-filed this week. Pre-filed bills address many perennial issues and some hot new topics. In the latter category we note these, for example: […]