Texas capped special education participation at 8.5 percent through 2016

A cautionary tale for all of us. Rather than determining special education qualification based on need, Texas set an arbitrary limit of only providing special education services to 8.5 percent of its students for over a decade until 2016.

The action was taken by unelected officials and denied tens of thousands of special needs kids with the services that they required and are legally entitled to.

How did they do it?

By letting schools know that if they had “too many” special ed kids, they would be heavily audited by the state.

The national average rate of special education services is around 13 percent.

A 2016 CDC report puts the national rate of children diagnosed with conditions that could justify special education services at 15.4 percent.

The banality of bureaucratic evil.

What do you think?

Denied: How Texas keeps tens of thousands of children out of special education

Health Care, Family, and Community Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders in Early Childhood — United States, 2011–2012

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