Texas Education Agency releases final strategic plan to address special education issues statewide

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After the U.S. Department of Education published a Jan. 11 report stating the Texas Education Agency failed to ensure all special education students in the state were given appropriate services, the TEA released this morning a final strategic plan to address special education issues statewide.

According to the federal report, the TEA failed to identify, locate and evaluate children with disabilities and to monitor school districts to ensure they met requirements laid out in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

The heart of the violation can be tied to an 8.5 percent indicator set in 2004 as a general target for the number of students in a school district that should have received special education services.

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