Houston special ed director resigns amid denial of services

Houston special ed director resigns amid denial of services

HOUSTON (AP) - The director of special education for Houston public schools has resigned amid reports that the school district systematically denied services to thousands of students with disabilities.

Assistant Superintendent Sowmya Kumar resigned Thursday after seven years with the district.

School board member Diana Davila told the Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/2nYSqad ) that the district is ready to change the way it identifies students eligible for special education.

The Chronicle has found that Kumar's department pressured schools to lower the percentage of students receiving services.

Houston embraced a controversial state policy that capped the percentage of students allowed to receive services at 8.5 percent, which is by far the lowest in the U.S.

By contrast, about 20 percent of students in Boston and Milwaukee receive special education.

Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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