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New Law Will Bring Cameras to Some Special Ed Classrooms

There’s a new law in Texas that requires school districts – when asked to by a parent or other individuals – to record video and audio inside classrooms that are used primarily for special education. The law wont be implemented until the start of the 2016-2017 school year this fall. Some think the law will […]

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There's a new law in Texas that requires school districts – when asked to by a parent or other individuals – to record video and audio inside classrooms that are used primarily for special education. The law wont be implemented until the start of the 2016-2017 school year this fall.

Some think the law will go a long way to prevent abuse of students who often can't speak for themselves. While others worry the mandate will be a financial burden on schools. So, in this segment, we hear from both viewpoints.

First, Louis Geigerman is special education lobbyist with National ARD/IEP Advocates. He told Michael Hagerty how the law stemmed from one determined woman.

Then, to learn more about concerns some have with the law, Michael talked with Monty Exter, a lobbyist with the Austin-based Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). Exter said his organization takes issue with some aspects of the law but didn't come out either fully for or against it.

MORE:
Coming To Texas: Special-Ed Cams To Protect Students From Their Own Teachers (NPR, Dec. 15, 2015)
Cameras in the classroom: FAQs on Senate Bill 507 (ATPE)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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