Advocacy Group Says If Texas Won’t Monitor Special Ed Alternative Schools, It Will

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The advocacy group Disability Rights Texas says it will keep a close eye on the Harris County Department of Education’s (HCDE) alternative schools, since state officials maintain they can’t monitor them directly. “We are very concerned about the welfare of the students who are attending those campuses and their safety, and so we have decided to evaluate and look at… Continue reading Advocacy Group Says If Texas Won’t Monitor Special Ed Alternative Schools, It Will

Amber Tatro, Whose Suit Gave Rights to Disabled Students, Dies at 42

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Steven Aleman, a staff lawyer with Disability Rights Texas — which under an earlier name, Advocacy Inc., argued the case before the Supreme Court — described the suit as “one of the landmark special education cases in this nation and an enormous precedent in providing access to public schools for students with disabilities.” Read the… Continue reading Amber Tatro, Whose Suit Gave Rights to Disabled Students, Dies at 42

Hundreds of Texas foster care children denied Medicaid services

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A private company that the state has tasked with providing Medicaid coverage to Texas foster children has repeatedly denied requests for critical care, many for children with disabilities according to data provided by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Read the full article about Texas foster care children being denied medical coverage.  … Continue reading Hundreds of Texas foster care children denied Medicaid services

Arrests of Texas students have increased since Parkland and Santa Fe shootings, study says

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“We have seen an influx in cases where students with disabilities are being referred to law enforcement more frequently for things that are clearly connected to their disability,” said Shiloh Carter, an attorney for Disability Rights Texas. Carter said students with disabilities often have anger episodes or other instances that are irrational, impromptu and emotional… Continue reading Arrests of Texas students have increased since Parkland and Santa Fe shootings, study says

DRTx investigates Harris County Department of Education student abuse allegations

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Fox 26 TV Houston: DRTx education advocacy attorney Shiloh Carter is representing a student with autism and epilepsy who says he was abused by teachers and students. “No one, whether you have disabilities or not, should be treated the way he was treated…It was appalling and horrific to watch,” said Carter. There is overwhelming surveillance… Continue reading DRTx investigates Harris County Department of Education student abuse allegations

Stop Managed Care Damage

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Letter to the Editor of the Dallas Morning News from DRTx Senior Attorney Peter Hofer: “By directly representing children who challenge arbitrary denials of their medically necessary care, we see the state’s Medicaid program as it really is — unfairly tilted in favor of profit over care. For the sake of these children, the system… Continue reading Stop Managed Care Damage