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Speaker Straus Applauds TEA Announcement on Special Ed

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus applauded the Texas Education Agency’s announcement Wednesday that it is halting use of one indicator in a special education monitoring system.

Concerns had been raised that the 12-year-old indicator, which was designed to ensure that schools did not put students into special education when it wasn’t warranted, had actually been used by some school districts to keep students out of special education.

Last week, Speaker Straus urged Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath to suspend use of the indicator so that the education agency and legislators could work together in the 2017 legislative session to make sure students get the services they need.

Speaker Straus released the following statement Wednesday in response to TEA’s announcement:

“This is good news for Texas families. TEA's decision will give the agency time to work with legislators and others to make sure students get the services they need. In recent weeks I've heard considerable concern from parents and teachers about access to special education, and I applaud Commissioner Morath for taking those concerns seriously and addressing them. The Members of the Texas House look forward to working with Commissioner Morath to see that special education is available to all who need it.”