DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that Texas violated federal law when it comes to educating students with disabilities. The department released their report after investigating the Texas Education Agency over the past year.
Copies of department’s report were sent to the TEA and Gov. Greg Abbott’s office on Thursday morning.READ MORE: Grapevine Police Share Image Of Man Wanted For Allegedly Stabbing, Carjacking An Uber Driver
It was one year ago when hundreds of Texas families met with federal education officials and told stories about their children being denied special education services. Students stood up and explained how, despite their disabilities, schools had refused to even test them to see if the kids needed any special services.READ MORE: 2 Tornadoes Touched Down In Dallas County Sunday, National Weather Service Confirms
Texas ranks last in the country when it comes to the percentage of students who receive special education services.MORE NEWS: Trio Charged With Murder Of Irving Man During December Robbery In Carrollton
The federal report notes that the State of Texas failed to ensure that free and appropriate public education was made available to all children with disabilities. The new report also lays out a plan and a timeline for when and how the TEA is to go about fixing these problems.