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U.S. DOE Finds Texas Education Association Not Compliant with Special Education Requirements

Thursday, January 11, 2018   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Denise Marshall


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) release of findings of monitoring activities relating to the Texas Education Agency’s compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates executive director, Denise Marshall issued the following statement:


“We are pleased that the U.S. Department of Education has taken action in Texas due to the state’s not fulfilling its obligations under IDEA. The potential of thousands of students has been placed at risk by unlawful policies which led to inaction by schools. Moving forward, Texas must implement plans to assure all schools and districts fully adhere to the requirements of the law so that all eligible students are identified and served. This report puts the state on notice to do what it takes to make that happen.” 


View ED’s full monitoring report.  


View ED’s cover letter


Myrna B. Silver says...
Posted Thursday, January 11, 2018
COPAA's comment isn't nearly as strong as it should be. Texas has had these policies in place since 2003: What about compensation for all the disabled children whose lives were negatively impacted all these years by the Texas Education Agency's policy of denying needed educational services? To those of us down here in the trenches, it's no surprise that the Feds didn't give Texas any more than a slap on the wrist, but I would have hoped that COPAA's statement would more closely express the dismay and disgust that we feel about this. Myrna Silver

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