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Are Students With Disabilities Being Denied Special Education in Texas?


by David Edward DeMatthews, Barbara L. Pazey & Becca Gregory January 23, 2017

The Texas Education Agency has a special education monitoring protocol known as the Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System that awards districts a perfect score on an indicator if fewer than 8.5% of students receive special education. This protocol has been the center of debate in the state and for the U.S. Department of Education. This commentary examines this system, state level data, and parent and educator testimonials presented in the media.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 23, 2017
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 21804, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 8:50:58 PM

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  • David DeMatthews
    University of Texas at El Paso
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    DAVID EDWARD DeMATTHEWS is an assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of Texas at El Paso. His research explores issues related to school leadership, urban education, special education, and social justice.
  • Barbara Pazey
    University of Texas at Austin
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    BARBARA L. PAZEY is an Assistant Professor in the departments of special education and educational administration at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on inclusive urban education and disability policy.
  • Becca Gregory
    University of Texas at El Paso
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