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Speaker Straus: Remove barrier to special ed services

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has asked Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath to immediately fix or suspend an education policy that could be keeping some students from receiving the special education services they need.

In a letter to Morath on Wednesday, Speaker Straus urged Morath to take immediate action on an aspect of a monitoring system that they agency uses to ensure schools do not put too many students in special education. Recent news reports have raised concerns that the TEA policy has encouraged students to keep special-education enrollment artificially low.

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Speaker Straus Named 'Children's Champion'

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus will receive the Children’s Champion Award on Thursday from the Texas Association for the Protection of Children, which is also known as TexProtects. 

The organization works to reduce and prevent child abuse and neglect through research, advocacy and education. It will present the award to Speaker Straus during its award gala in Dallas on Thursday evening.

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Newsletter: Taking Action on an Urgent Challenge

I've said in recent months that one of our top priorities in the next legislative session will be improving the state's system of protecting children from abuse. Last week, I joined with other state leaders to speed up that effort.

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Speaker Straus, Other State Leaders Call For Quick Action To Protect Children

Top Texas leaders instructed the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) on Wednesday to develop a plan to immediately improve the state’s protection of children at risk of abuse.

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Newsletter: A Better System for Students and Taxpayers

Last week, a pair of House committees spent two full days reviewing and discussing possible improvements to our education funding system, and their work will prove very valuable when the full Legislature meets next year.

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