For 4th year, feds say Texas special ed. ‘needs assistance’

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — For the fourth year in a row, federal education officials have found Texas “needs assistance” providing special education services required by law.

The Houston Chronicle reports the U.S. Department of Education in June gave the state the same rating under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act it’s received every year since 2016. It comes despite state officials saying they’ve pushed to improve access to special education services since it was revealed Texas illegally capped how many children should get them.

The Texas Education Agency tells the paper it’s not satisfied with the designation, which is due to low student scores on a national standardized test.

The rating came a month after the agency told federal officials it could not promise students with disabilities would receive required services until June 2020.

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