Sunday, September 16, 2018

HISD board unanimously approves oversight of special ed programs

Chronicle journalist wins award for special ed series ...“Keep your hand on the pulse of special education, to actually increase the amount of monitoring,” committee member and HISD parent Joshua Rotenberg told the board. “The community has a vote of ‘no confidence’ for the administration’s ability to fix itself.”

HISD board approves more oversight of special ed programs

Houston ISD trustees unanimously voted Thursday to enact greater board oversight of the district’s special education services, enacting recommendations by a board-appointed committee that found HISD has been shortchanging students with disabilities.
Trustees now will hold workshops centered on special education three times per year, require district administrators to submit an annual strategic plan for students with disabilities and seek policy changes that will emphasize special education across the district, among other actions approved at Thursday’s board meeting.
The changes all were recommended by the district’s Special Education Ad-Hoc Committee, which the board formed in February 2017 following a Houston Chronicle investigation that found a years-long pattern of HISD and other Texas school districts denying access to special education services.

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