Fed probe finds TEA violated special ed rules
Report says agency prompted districts to delay or deny services; Abbott wants action plan in 7 days
AUSTIN — Nicole Rechner knew this to be true: Texas education officials had denied or delayed special education services to students across the state for more than a decade.
After all, her 13-yearold son, Demarcus Fuller, was one of those students.
But Thursday, Rechner wept when she learned a U.S. Department of Education investigation had determined that Texas Education Agency officials illegally prompted school districts across Texas to delay or deny such services to students by setting an arbitrary cap on them.
“I can say there are some serious flaws in the system because when I need help, I can’t find it,” said Rechner, of Houston.
›› Texas education officials kept tens of thousands of children out of special education. Read our series at HoustonChronicle.com/Denied
Nicole Rechner has struggled to get her son Demarcus Fuller the help he needs at school.
Education officials held “listening sessions” in December 2016, where Chris Crowley and others talked about issues at their schools.