New project for special education students underway in TX school - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

New project for special education students underway in TX schools

Source: KXXV Source: KXXV
CENTRAL TEXAS (KXXV) -

A new project for special education students is underway throughout Texas schools, and it's supposed to help certain students learn better. The program is called the Individualized Education Plan or (IEP) and it's geared toward improving the way the special education students learn.

However, it is optional for schools that want to participate, but some parents and school leaders, like Dr. Robin Battershell who’s the Superintendent of Temple ISD, aren't sure it will help.

"I think with special-ed you have a such a wide range of needs, you have students that are medically fragile, you have some students that really have a pretty limited cognitive ability. I don't think that's going to change what we do for individual kids, I think systemically it may change some things but for individual students, I don't think it will,” Battershell said.

Jennifer Johannsen is one parent who has multiple children in special education classes. She said after finding out that the TEA is spending millions of grant dollars to collect data she believes the money should be spent elsewhere.

"There is just so much more that could be done with that money, more aides, more therapy times, more training," Johannsen said.

The TEA said it is taking those concerns into consideration as it goes forward with the program while collecting more data to improve it.

Furthermore, a Texas Disability rights advocate group asked that the I-E-P project be temporarily suspended for many reasons, including concerns about the privacy of the students.

Copyright 2017 KXXV. All rights reserved. 

  • NewsMore>>

  • Texas gang member executed for killing girl, grandmother

    Texas gang member executed for killing girl, grandmother

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:55 AM EDT2018-04-25 04:55:40 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 1:23 AM EDT2018-04-26 05:23:56 GMT
    (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP). This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Erick Davila. Attorneys for the Texas death row inmate want the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his scheduled execution this week fo...(Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP). This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Erick Davila. Attorneys for the Texas death row inmate want the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his scheduled execution this week fo...
    Attorneys for a condemned Texas prisoner are asking the US Supreme Court to halt his execution for killing a young girl and her grandmother in 2008.More >>
    Attorneys for a condemned Texas prisoner are asking the US Supreme Court to halt his execution for killing a young girl and her grandmother in 2008.More >>
  • Macron resists Trump's 'America first' in speech to Congress

    Macron resists Trump's 'America first' in speech to Congress

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 11:30 AM EDT2018-04-25 15:30:41 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 1:22 AM EDT2018-04-26 05:22:26 GMT
    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he is introduced before speaking to a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2018.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he is introduced before speaking to a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
    French President Emmanuel Macron extolled the "special bond" between the United States and France during his speech in front of a joint meeting of Congress.More >>
    French President Emmanuel Macron extolled the "special bond" between the United States and France during his speech in front of a joint meeting of Congress.More >>
  • Trump lawyer says he'll plead the Fifth in porn actress case

    Trump lawyer says he'll plead the Fifth in porn actress case

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 7:08 PM EDT2018-04-25 23:08:55 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 1:22 AM EDT2018-04-26 05:22:14 GMT
    Michael Cohen appears in front of members of the media after a closed door meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee last year. (Source: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Michael Cohen appears in front of members of the media after a closed door meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee last year. (Source: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    President Donald Trump's personal attorney says he'll exercise his constitutional right against self-incrimination in a lawsuit brought by a porn actress who said she had an affair with Trump.

    More >>

    President Donald Trump's personal attorney says he'll exercise his constitutional right against self-incrimination in a lawsuit brought by a porn actress who said she had an affair with Trump.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly