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Disability Advocates Weigh in on Special Education Enrollment

Posted on · The Houston Chronicle recently examined special education enrollment in the state of Texas and found that over the last decade-plus, non-elected state officials have set an arbitrary limit to what percentage of students should be given special education services in each school district. The investigation says that limit – 8.5 percent – along with strict […]

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Fighting Sexual Exploitation, and Houston’s Musical History: Thursday’s Show (September 29, 2016)

Posted on · Beginning Thursday (Sept. 29, 2016), the National Center on Sexual Exploitation is holding a three-day summit in Houston covering efforts to combat sexual exploitation in several forms: pornography, sex trafficking, sexual violence, child abuse and objectification. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about the summit – and efforts to combat sexual exploitation in […]

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Teaching Students with Disabilities to Advocate for Themselves

Posted on · Michael Yudin is the acting assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the U.S. Department of Education. He was in town last week for two educational conferences, including a keynote speech for the Inclusion Works Conference presented by The ARC of Texas. Before he headed back to Washington, Yudin spoke […]

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New Law Will Bring Cameras to Some Special Ed Classrooms

Posted on · 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 […]