Austin parents say schools leaving students out of special ed

FILE - School classroom (AP Photo)
FILE - School classroom (AP Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Parents say they are frustrated with special education services in their local school districts.

The U.S. Department of Education is here in Austin to look into claims made by the Houston Chronicle that thousands of children were kept out of special ed programs across Texas.

In the 2003 to 2004 school year, local districts had about ten-percent or more students taking Special Ed. That year, the Texas Education Agency set a target of 8.5 percent and since then the numbers have dropped.

Parents of students with special needs were at Thursday night’s meeting going over some of the obstacles and frustrations they have had to deal with. They say something has to change.

“These children are citizens they are human beings, they have as much right to be a part of our society and have their potential maximized as the most school districts mission statement say for general ed children,” said parent Mara Laviola.

Laviola went on to say that schools need to be held accountable and provide the services needed for students with special needs.