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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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. 

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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.

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