After an in-depth report by the Houston Chronicle that found that some schools had removed or denied children special education services to meet the Texas Education Agency's arbitrary target, the U.S. Department of Education sent a letter to the state to report on the benchmark's impact. It also asked the state to identify which school districts may have denied special education services to children due to the 8.5 percent benchmark. The letter stated that the state needed to include "the specific steps [Texas] will take to remedy the effect of such past practices."
The Texas Education Agency has one more week to respond to the U.S. Department of Education's request.
Attached is the letter the speaker sent to the commissioner of education. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has expressed his concerns over this matter, too, and several legislative members (via their Twitter accounts) have stated that the Legislature should hold a special session to address this issue.