Special education advocate reacts to report criticizing HISD

A TEA investigation found that HISD’s special ed program is fundamentally flawed. The district calls it factually incorrect.

HOUSTON — A scathing new report into Houston ISD’s special education program finds it systematically flawed.

The 88-page “final investigative report” follows months of work by the Texas Education Agency and says “…systematic failure in special education has become institutionalized” and that “HISD’s attempts to avoid responsibility on these matters is disconcerting.”

Among other things, investigators report interviews on multiple campuses revealed area superintendents do not hold principals accountable for special education services and non-special education administrators often view providing such services as a burden.

“The TEA report does not surprise me,” said Mary Jane Williams, executive director of Family to Family Network.

Family to Family Network helps parents of special needs students and others navigate the system, including school.

“Trying to find services to help their children get a good education

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