On January 10, 2020, Lauren Morando Rhim wrote an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle about the need for additional oversight of special education in Texas.
In the world of special education advocacy, Texas has a reputation — and it’s not a good one. For years the Texas Education Agency has systematically denied public school students with disabilities access to the education federal law guarantees them, and efforts to address disparities continue to progress slowly.
Recent reporting by John Tedesco and Shelby Webb about the specific failures of some Texas charter schools comes as no surprise to education advocates and parents of students with disabilities. Nevertheless, it’s essential to examine the context in which these schools are allowed to operate to expose how our leaders are failing to take action to prevent schools from discriminating against students with disabilities.