HISD Dissolves Special Ed Panel, Woman to be Deported for Voting Illegally, Galveston Plans Infrastructure Upgrades, And More

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Friday, September 14, 2018

HISD dissolves special ed panel

HISD Board President Wanda Adams and Trustee Anne Sung listened to parents share their frustration and questions about special education in the district. Sung is chairing a new committee on the issue.
HISD Board President Wanda Adams and Trustee Anne Sung listened to parents share their frustration and questions about special education in the district at a 2017 meeting.

The Houston school board has disbanded a panel to advise them on special education, after board members overwhelmingly voted to adopt the group’s recommendations to improve special ed.

Those are meant to improve access, services and oversight of special education.

But the board dissolved the special ed ad hoc committee it created last year after a statewide crisis in special ed. Some parents pushed back. 


Woman to be deported for voting illegally

A Mexican national whose attorney said she used a cousin’s identity to live in the U.S. for decades and held a job assessing students in Houston schools is facing deportation after pleading guilty to illegally voting in the 2016 election.

Laura Janeth Garza’s conviction Thursday comes more than a year after Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office helped prosecute another Mexican national also facing deportation for illegal voting.


When a disaster hits, what are an employer’s responsibilities? 

Hurricane Florence is expected to shut down parts of the East Coast for days. It’s something people in the Houston area are too familiar with after Harvey last year.

Aside from the impact on lives and property, natural disasters affect employment.

To learn more about how employers are expected to deal with employees who are affected by a hurricane or other disaster, we spoke with Aaron Holt, an employment law attorney at law firm Cozen O’Connor in Houston.


Galveston plans for infrastructure upgrades

The Galveston Capital Improvement Plan includes millions of dollars in projects that are expected to unfold over the next five years.

Now that they’ve finished most of their Hurricane Ike recovery efforts, Galveston officials say they’ll focus on infrastructure improvements that couldn’t be funded through the federal government.

Under a five-year capital improvement plan, Galveston will use $62 million from last year’s bond issue to fix deteriorating streets and drainage systems.


Emmett points to future fights over Rainy Day fund

Judge Ed Emmett
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett delivering his 11th annual State of the County address

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett used his State of the County message to mark the progress toward recovering from Harvey. But he also hinted at political fights to come.





Ted Cruz speaks to Houston Matters

Senator Ted Cruz is running for re-election on a platform that includes advocating for energy deregulation, increased surveillance on the Southern border and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare.

Cruz, a Republican from Texas who is running against Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke, was interviewed Thursday on Houston Matters, as part of its series of interviews with candidates running in major political races.


Davis Land

Senior Producer

Davis Land is a senior producer at Houston Public Media. He cut his teeth at Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, MA and at WBUR in Boston. His work has appeared on various public radio programs and podcasts including Texas Standard, Here and Now, and Marketplace. Davis is a graduate...

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