The Houston Chronicle reports that School Superintendents in both Dallas and San Antonio are questioning the arbitrary target goal of 8.5% of students receiving special needs treatment.
“I was surprised to see (the special education percentage) so low,” said Hinojosa (DISD), who previously worked as a superintendent in Georgia. “I’m used to that number being higher.” It is estimated that up to 250,000 children are being deprived of special needs attention based on the target goal and the national average. We can only hope that Houston’s new Superintendent, Richard Carranza, recognizes this deficiency and joins with other superintendents around the state to remedy this folly of a an unacknowledged policy.
Read Brian Rosenthal’s followup story here:
Dallas, San Antonio superintendents call for end to state’s special education enrollment target
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