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The New Texas A-F Accountability System: Why it Fails to Make the Grade for Students with Disabilities

Schools and districts MUST be held accountable for improving outcomes for students with disabilities, as well as any other consistently underperforming student groups, in a meaningful and realistic way. It's the law.  With TEA releasing its 2018 school and district report cards this past week, we wanted to take a closer look at the new system and what it means for students with disabilities.

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Christine Broughal
A Thank You to the Press from Texans for Special Education Reform

The news media plays an essential role in holding government accountable in a free society. As parents, teachers, allies, and advocates for children with disabilities in Texas, we appreciate the journalists and news media outlets whose work has helped expose the impacts that government policies and budgets have on these most…

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Is Your Child's IEP Ready to Go Back to School?

Well, it's that time of year again. Time for the kids to go back to school.  As a parent, this usually means some last minute shopping for school supplies, lining up after school care or activities, maybe getting sports physicals or tuning up band instruments. If you have a child receiving Special Education services, it's time to break out the current IEP and review it!

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Christine Broughal
Discipline or State Sanctioned Child Abuse: The Ugly Truth About Seclusion and Restraint

The US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights recently released the results of the 2015-16 Civil Rights Data Collection. Civil Rights Data Collection provides information on several key education and civil rights issues. In preparing the 2015-16 report, data was collected from every public school and school district in the country. Part of the data collected reveals the disproportionate rate at which students with disabilities are subjected to harsh disciplinary actions in our public schools (see data highlights from this most recent report here). As you read these statistics, keep in mind students with disabilities covered under the IDEA represent only 12% of all public school students.

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Understanding the Full and Individual Evaluation Report

The Full and Individual Evaluation (FIE) report is arguably the most important element in the Special Education process. It is central to determining eligibility, calculating present levels of academic and …

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TxSER Statement Regarding Governor's Firearm Safety Plan

The bottom line is that mental health services cost money. If Texas lawmakers are serious about improving mental health services as a method to reduce gun violence, they must…

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The 411 on the IEP

I'm sure you are familiar with the old parental lament, "If only kids came with an instruction manual!" Wishful thinking, right? Or is it? What if parents could work together with a team of …

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TxSER Public Statement Regarding Judge Brister's Comments

As parents, educators and advocates for Texas children with disabilities, Texans for Special Education Reform is outraged to learn that Texas Public School Finance Commissioner Chair, Justice Scott Brister, has questioned the value of educating what he termed “slow learners” in Texas.

We have another term....

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Full Report Released for Houston ISD's Review of Special Education

Executive Summary

Houston Independent School District (HISD) contracted with American Institutes for Research® (AIR®) to conduct a third-party, independent “Special Education Program Review.” AIR conducted this review over a 10-month period between May 2017 and February 2018. This report describes our assessment of HISD’s strengths and areas in need of improvement with respect to its special education program, and identifies recommendations for HISD to consider as it continues its efforts to improve services for students with disabilities in the district.

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We Are TxSER

Imagine a Texas in which all individuals with disabilities are identified and receive an education that maximizes their future potential for post-secondary education, employment, and independent living. That's the TxSER vision....

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We envision a state in which all individuals with disabilities are identified, and receive an education that maximizes their future potential for post-secondary education, employment, community participation, and independent living.

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