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Last Updated: August 26, 2010

Texas Internal Report Confirms Special Ed Students Punished More Often

This article appeared in the August 2010 Rural Policy Matters.

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The agency responsible for education oversight in Texas has confirmed that students receiving special education services are much more likely to be harshly disciplined by schools than are other students.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) found that for every 100 special education students in Texas, there were 55.8 in-school suspensions and 25.1 out-of-school suspensions in the 2007–2008 school year, compared to 33.2 in-school suspensions and 12.1 out-of-school suspensions for students not in special education.

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The Texas Senate is also studying the effects of school discipline policy on the criminal justice system:

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