‘The TEA report does not surprise me’

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

Special education advocate reacts to TEA report criticizing HISD

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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.”

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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 is very difficult, whether

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TEA delivers blistering report on HISD’s special education program, recommends state oversight

The Texas Education Agency released a scathing report on HISD’s special education program Tuesday following a lengthy investigation by its Special Investigations Unit.



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Investigators found HISD has violated special education requirements and “the noncompliance is significant, systemic and widespread.”

The 88-page report cites the “historical failure of the Houston Independent School District to fulfill its obligations to provide appropriate — and legally required — specialized services to its students with disabilities.”

State investigators accuse HISD of failing its disabled students for at least a decade and all but ignoring previous reports demanding change. 

“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.

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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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TEA finds major failures in HISD’s special ed department, recommends state conservator

Houston ISD has failed to fix “significant, systemic and widespread” issues in its delivery of special education services despite multiple warnings, warranting the appointment of a state conservator with the power to oversee and direct changes in the district, Texas Education Agency officials concluded Tuesday following an 11-month investigation.

In a much-anticipated 44-page report, TEA investigators said the state’s largest school district continues to violate state and federal laws designed to ensure students with disabilities receive needed supports. The investigators recommended

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TEA finds major failures in HISD’s special ed department, recommends state oversight

Houston ISD continues to violate state and federal laws designed to ensure students with disabilities receive needed supports, warranting the appointment of a state conservator with the power to oversee and direct changes in the district, Texas Education Agency officials concluded Tuesday following an 11-month investigation.

In a much-anticipated 44-page report, TEA investigators said the state’s largest school district has failed to fix “significant, systemic and widespread” issues in the delivery of special education services despite multiple reports of shortcomings over the past decade. The investigators recommended Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath appoint a conservator to ensure necessary changes are made, but Morath has not yet announced what actions he will take.

State officials concluded HISD failed to identify all students entitled to special education services, did not provide legally-entitled supports and lacked structures for holding staff members accountable for their performance. The errors came despite warnings in 2011 and

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About That AISD Waiver: Following backlash, confusion, district will seek TEA waiver to extend virtual learning, phase in classroom instruction after Oct. 5 – News

AISD released an example video depicting what students can expect when campuses reopen for in-person learning. (Image via Austin ISD Facebook)

Last week, a certain four-week waiver – which seemed to have the potential to keep school entirely online until November – was the talk of the Austin Independent School District. The only problem? That waiver didn’t exist. At least not in the way some believed it to work.

The confusion can be traced to Sept. 14’s AISD Board of Trustees meeting, where District 4 Trustee Kristin Ashy, citing parents’ interest, asked Superintendent Steph­anie Elizalde for an update on whether she would apply for a Texas Education Agency waiver that, if granted, would extend virtual learning for four weeks after October 5.

“We would actually have to turn in a waiver, I think, this week” replied Elizalde, “and I have no intention of turning in that waiver right

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