Christina Samuels at Education Week:
The U.S. Department of Education found that Texas violated the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act through a policy—recently rescinded—that subjected school districts to additional state scrutiny if their special education enrollment percentage went above 8.5 percent.
The office of special education programs on Thursday released a letter to state education chief Mike Morath as well as the results of a monitoring report. OSEP outlined several corrective actions the state must take, including:
- Finding and testing students who should have been referred for evaluation but were not;
- a plan to provide guidance to districts about their responsibilities under special education law; and,
- a plan for monitoring. OSEP said that it would work with the state, which is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, on a mutually-agreeable timeline.