Parents happy to hear TEA has ended special education enrollment policy

TEA announcing they have suspended special ed enrollment policy

BEAUMONT - "I was super excited when I found out that TEA was finally going to address the issue." said De Hereira.

The special education activist and mother is happy to hear that the so called "CAP" on special educational enrollment by the TEA is no more.

Hereira has a 25-year-old son with multiple disabilities and believes this will open new doors for parents of children with special needs.

"Its been a long time coming! Its needed to be done." Hereira said.

The Texas Education Agency wrote a letter to the U.S. Department ordering to eliminate the enrollment policy which began back in 2004.

However, agency officials claim they have no evidence that the policy kept disabled students from getting special education service in the last couple of years. 

"There were a lot of students that were not getting this at all because of those caps." Hereira told 12News.

Consumer Relations Specialist, Patricia Bowlen works at Spindletop Center. Bowlen has a 24-year-old daughter with Autism. 

Bowlen's everyday job is to help other parents in Southeast Texas get their child evaluated for special education services.

"Special education is more of a service than a program. A lot of times, people don't want to label others when they are young." she said.

The TEA will notify all school districts through a letter to remind them that they are required to provide special education services to those who need it.

 

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