TEA Investigators Slam HISD’s Special Ed Services

Calling the way Houston ISD provides services to disabled students a “historical failure,” the Texas Education Agency Tuesday released the results of its 11-month investigation into the district. Harsh in its criticism of HISD, a special investigation unit of the EA concluded that a state conservator should be appointed to oversee special education operations in the district.

The dysfunction comes from the top of Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan’s administration and extends to the campus level where teachers are confused about special education requirements and principals are not held accountable by the district for the way in which their individual school provides services for disabled students, according to the TEA report. 

“Perhaps more troubling than these historical findings concerns the District’s lack of serious initiative, rather yet success, in attempting to take corrective action to reform its systems,” the report said. This comes after TEA’s earlier ad hoc report released two

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Higher ed leaders slam Trump order on ‘divisive’ diversity training

Dive Brief:

  • Leaders from across the higher education sector are criticizing President Donald Trump’s executive order banning diversity training programs the administration deems “divisive.”

  • College administrators and legal experts say the directive, which could apply to public and private institutions, has the potential to erode initiatives designed to combat racism and sexism. It could also curb academic freedoms. 

  • However, enforcing it could prove difficult, and colleges and universities may have trouble figuring out whether they’re in compliance. 

Dive Insight:

Trump issued the executive order earlier this month as an expansion of a similar restriction on government employees. It bars federal contractors from using training that “inculcates in its employees any form of race or sex stereotyping or any form of race or sex scapegoating.” 

The order also applies to federal grant recipients. It states that they can’t use that money to “promote” what the White House considers “divisive concepts.” Those

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