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In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
— Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the U.S.
 
 
State audit finds serious flaws in Texas Education Agency contracting process

THE TEXAS TRIBUNE

The audit says the Texas Education Agency consistently bypassed required steps and failed to consider other options before awarding a special education contract.

State auditors said the Texas Education Agency seriously mismanaged the processes…

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TEA failed to catch conflict of interest in $4.4M no-bid contract award, Texas auditor's office finds

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

AUSTIN -- The Texas Education Agency lacked safeguards to identify a potential conflict of interest between a top official and an acquaintance who became a subcontractor on a multimillion-dollar, no-bid contract to collect data about special education students, an audit has found.

The official had a prior professional relationship…

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After Special Education Contract Fiasco, Texas Official Considered for Massachusetts Job

THE TEXAS TRIBUNE

At 5 p.m. on a Friday, the Texas Education Agency abruptly announced that it had pulled the plug on a special education data-mining project it had defended...

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Questions Continue Over Canceled Special Education Contract

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

The state education department spent three weeks vehemently defending its decision to pay $4 million to a relatively...

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As Texas Special Education Overhaul Stalls, TEA Answers Don’t Add Up

AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN

At 5 p.m. on a Friday, the Texas Education Agency abruptly announced that it had pulled the plug on a special education data-mining project it had defended...

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Texas Education Agency Faces Mounting Questions Over Canceled Special Education Contract

THE TEXAS TRIBUNE

Texas Education Agency officials are keeping quiet about why exactly a controversial no-bid data mining contract took a nosedive last week, losing the state $2.2 million in...

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Texas Cancels No-Bid Contract for Special Education Analysis

AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN

The Texas Education Agency has canceled its contract with a technology company charged with analyzing special....

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Eanes School District Pulls Out of Special Education Analysis Project

AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN

As special education advocates continue to spar with state leaders over a $4.4 million, no-bid contract to data mine student records, one school district has decided to walk....

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Texts Raise Questions About Texas Special Education Director’s Firing

AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN

Newly released text messages are raising questions about why the Texas Education Agency fired its special education director after less than four...

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Advocates Call on State to Suspend Special Education Project Amid Privacy Concerns

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Two statewide education groups are demanding the Texas Education Agency suspend its...

 

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Groups Call for Pause on Student Special Education Data Project

AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN

Two statewide groups are calling on the Texas Education Agency to temporarily suspend a $4.4 million, no-bid contract with a company hired to do data...

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TEA Audit Dismisses Concerns Over Award of Special Education Contract

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Texas Education Agency auditors dismissed concerns lodged by the agency's former special education director who...

 

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Firing Leaves Texas Without a Special Education Director at a Critical Time

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

After just over three months on the job, the state's special education director was fired last week after she filed...

 

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Texas Education Agency Back in the Headlines Over Special Education Firing

THE TEXAS TRIBUNE

For the second time in as many years, the Texas Education Agency is under fire over how it manages special education in the state...

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Texas Special Education Chief Fired After Questioning No-Bid Contract

AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN

The state’s new director of special education was fired Wednesday, one day after she filed a federal complaint claiming....

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Harvey an additional obstacle for Texas students with disabilities

AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN

Disability rights advocates are urging families of special education students who were displaced by Hurricane Harvey to brush up on the kinds of services they are entitled .....

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Texas Leaders: Stop Blaming Students with Disabilities and Do Your Job

TribTalk

For more than a decade, the Texas Legislature and two governors have neglected their duty to properly fund public education. No single group has been hurt more by this failure in leadership than Texas children with disabilities....

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Cheryl Fries
Four things Texans want the Legislature to know about special education

TEXAS TRIBUNE

Last month, The Texas Tribune asked parents and educators what they think lawmakers should do before the Legislature adjourns. Here’s what they said....

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Not So Special Ed

TEXAS MONTHLY

Public school parents with special-ed kids often find themselves squaring off against school districts and the taxpayer-funded lawyers who protect them.

In May of 2009, an Austin mother by the name of Cheryl Fries filed a lawsuit against the Eanes Independent School District for denying her daughter, Claire, who suffered from cerebral .....

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