Topic: Special Education

State of Play at the State Capitol as More Deadlines Arrive

A series of critical deadlines will winnow the list of bills still in play at the state Capitol this weekend as the Legislature heads toward a mandatory adjournment on May 29. Look for Hotline updates over the weekend, as the House meets both Saturday and Sunday and the Senate convenes Sunday evening. One key deadline comes Saturday night. Senate bills...

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House Speaker Fires Back After Lieutenant Governor Threatens to Force Special Session

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, presiding officer of the Texas Senate and self-styled “bold” leader, today threatened to block must-pass bills and force a special session of the Legislature if his own priorities are not enacted before the regular session ends May 29. Patrick devoted a morning press conference to blasting House Speaker Joe Straus for the House’s failure to pass...

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Oppose Special-Ed Vouchers–A Bad Bargain for Texas Schoolchildren

Send a letter to your legislators now! Evidence of inferior educational performance by voucher-funded private schools is growing. The latest example is an official study by the U.S. Department of Education, finding that the voucher experiment in the District of Columbia follows the familiar pattern--traditional public schools are doing a better job than the voucher schools. With little or no...

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Speak Out Against Special-Ed Vouchers

The House Public Education Committee on Thursday also will hear two special-education voucher bills that deserve our vocal opposition. The bills are HB 1335 and HB 4193 by Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton). HB 1335 would create “education savings account” vouchers; HB 4193 would create “credit account” vouchers. Both bills have the key elements of a voucher, regardless of their labels and...

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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 states, special-ed vouchers have been...

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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 extended version with detailed survey results and sample respondent comments here. Special Education Survey Reveals Yet Another Example of How Texas Is Underfunding Services...

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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 education, have been underidentifying and...

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