FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2018
HOUSTON - Today the US Department of Education released a report finding the Texas Education Agency acted illegally by effectively capping the number of students who could receive special education services in Texas public schools. Senator Sylvia Garcia of Houston commends the report for supporting what parents, students, and advocates have been saying from the beginning.
"It feels like a long time ago that I was in a marathon meeting in Houston with the Department of Education and parents who'd been denied special education services for their children. What the Texas Education Agency did comes close to child abuse by way of bureaucratic rule. While the process has taken more time than I had hoped, I'm grateful to the parents and families who have never stopped fighting for their kids. I'm also grateful for the reporting of Brian Rosenthal and the Houston Chronicle for insightful and touching reporting on this topic that raised questions of TEA's practices in the first place. TEA must be held accountable," said Senator Garcia.