“Several key parts of the state’s plan to correct the problem remain incomplete, including:
- The TEA has failed to provide a promised “suite of resources” for parents to help them navigate the special ed system if they believe their child has a disability;
- The agency has yet to give guidance to school district administrators on how to provide make-up services to students previously denied access; and
- At least one regional center told districts they would get a “grace” period from the state if they didn’t comply with state timelines for providing services, according to emails obtained by Houston Public Media and the Chronicle. The TEA has denied giving that guidance.
‘We were hoping that school districts would start to take this seriously,’ says Shiloh Carter, an attorney with Disability Rights Texas.”