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TEA to spend $212M to address special education needs

(AP) AUSTIN — The Texas Education Agency plans to spend nearly $212 million over the next five years in an attempt to fix systemic problems with special education in Texas schools, according to a final action plan released last month. Finding funds for new programs is likely to be a major challenge when lawmakers debate the issue but officials are confident they’ve already found the money to launch the program. TEA officials acknowledged that students with special needs lag far behind their peers in reading and math skills, and say their plan includes efforts to boost academic achievement as well as address corrective action requited by the U.S. Department of Education. The federal agency determined that the state illegally set up an 8.5 percent benchmark — some critics considered it a de facto cap — on the number of students receiving special education services, well below the national average of 13 percent. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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