Topic: Special Education

School finance commission working group recommends allotments for dyslexia, early childhood ed

A welcomed improvement to the school finance system would be the creation of a dyslexia allotment to help districts properly serve students receiving “Section 504” service (a plan developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the Rehabilitation Act receives services and accommodations needed to successfully learn). Currently, districts do not receive direct funding to support students...

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House committee to look at new ideas for evaluating student performance, effective special education programs

The House Public Education Committee will meet at the Capitol on May 24 at 10 a.m. to hold a public hearing looking at options for measuring student achievement beyond STAAR results. The committee will also look at TEKS in relation to measuring achievement, as well as a review of the Student Success Initiative. The committee then will hear testimony on...

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Regional hearings on state special-education plan set for April 12 and 16

The Texas Education Agency is seeking public comments at two public hearings on a draft strategic plan for special education prompted by federal findings that eligible students in Texas have been wrongfully denied access to services. The first hearing will open for witness sign-ups from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, at Education Service Center Region 1, 1900 West...

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Stand up and be counted for your profession, your students, your public schools

--Stand up and be counted for your profession, your students, your public schools --Deadline to comment on corrective action for students with disabilities --Make schools safe havens—valuing children more than guns Stand up and be counted for your profession, your students, your public schools:  Early voting is under way across Texas from now through March 2 in the party primary...

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You can vote early in party primaries, starting February 20; Have your say on draft corrective-action plan for special education

You can vote early in party primaries, starting February 20: Early voting in the 2018 Republican and Democratic March 6 primaries that will help decide who governs this state and nation begins February 20 and runs through March 2. See Texas AFT’s election page for recommendations in key contested races in both parties: https://www.texasaft.org/action/elections/texas-aft-endorsements-for-the-march-6-primaries/. Make your plans now to get...

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