‘Cautiously Optimistic’: Parents, Lawyers See Texas’ First Steps Toward Special Ed Reform

Children who did not receive needed special ed services may have difficulty making up the deficit.

By Bill ZeebleJanuary 31, 2018 9:30 am, , ,

From KERA:

The state of Texas says it promises to reform its special education services following federal findings that the state denied thousands of children those services for over a decade.

Lawyers and parents say the state has a long way to go.

Beyond education

A rambunctious, at times excitable, 10-year-old Will Yoder is just home from school in Fort Worth. As he talks about his latest obsession – sinkholes – his dad Pete Yoder explains that Will is on the autism spectrum and can sometimes get violent, hurting himself and others.

Will has needed special education services for at least half his life. Pete Yoder welcomes the U.S Department of Education’s findings that Texas illegally denied special education to thousands of kids with disabilities.

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