State May Need Billions To Bring IDEA Services Up To Standards
[Source: Disability Scoop
Texas needs to find up to $3.2 billion in the next three years to provide special education services to students who were previously denied them.
A 2016 Houston Chronicle investigation and a subsequent federal audit found that the Texas Education Agency illegally set up an 8.5 percent benchmark, or de-facto cap, on the number of students receiving special education services. The cap was in place for more than a decade, and was well below the national average of 13 percent.
In eliminating that cap, state officials estimate that it will cost the state billions of dollars to provide special education services to an additional 189,000 students who need them.
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