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U.S. Department of Education to visit Lubbock ISD, five other districts in special education review

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The U.S. Department of Education is visiting six Texas school districts this week to monitor special education, including Lubbock ISD.

This comes a year after a federal investigation revealed the state had violated special education law.

Lubbock ISD was one of three districts randomly selected, as part of the Department of Education's review.

Of those, Lubbock ISD is the only one with an above average percentage of students in special education programs.

Kami Finger, Lubbock ISD's special education director, said this should be an indicator that their programs are not in need of intervention.

"It's not something Lubbock ISD has been concerned about. Our practices have been solid, even prior to the OSEP investigation of TEA, and that can be founded in the fact that our percentages have always been higher than the state average," Finger said.

She said the state has been scrutinized on special education for several years, mainly because of its archaic funding system. 

"Ten years ago, our students that were receiving special education services did not have the same needs as our students need now. We need an evaluation of the level of support that our students require now versus 10 to 15 years ago," Finger said.

The Texas Education Agency estimates it could owe the federal government $233 million for illegally decreasing funding for kids with disabilities. 

Finger added Lubbock ISD is committed to providing students with disabilities a proper education, hoping that is reflected by this review.

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