COPAA Pleased With Texas Pledge to Eliminate Cap on Special Education Services
WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) pledge to eliminate the 8.5% cap placed on schools and districts in the identification of children for special education services, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) issued the following statement:
“Finally, the TEA has pledged to end the unlawful policy for districts and schools to limit special education identification to 8.5% of the student population. This policy violated the rights of an inestimable number of children who may be eligible for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). COPAA members were active in helping to expose the illegal practices. We are pleased that Texas will now take steps to fully comply with federal law. IDEA’s child find mandate is one of the statute’s most fundamental rights. Because of the IDEA’s child find mandate, the district has an obligation to identify and evaluate each student suspected of having a disability and IDEA does not require, nor does it allow a state, district or school to cap such services.
Our members will continue to actively work with families in Texas schools and districts to assure every child suspected of having a disability is guaranteed their rights and have those rights met by Texas schools.”