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Waco, TX: District cited for 10 SPED violation; mother says nonverbal ASD son was tied down

Aug 18, 2018, Waco (TX) Tribune—Herald: Waco ISD board gets look at plan to bring special ed in compliance with state rules https://www.wacotrib.com/news/education/waco-isd-board-gets-look-at-plan-to-bring-special/article_86b9209c-468e-58ca-9b61-ec954a82efdb.html The state cited Waco Independent School District for 10 violations related to special education during the past school year, and a corrective action plan presented last week focuses on new staff training. The district also restructured top leadership in its special education department in response to the Texas Education Agency’s findings and named three new special education administrators in late May. But Mary Ohmad, parent of a Waco High School student with special needst, said she has little faith the corrective action plan will change special education in Waco ISD. “We’ve been here ten years and they still haven’t gotten it together,” she said. “It’s horrible.”… Without additional staff and parent education, Ohmad said she believes the district’s special education program will remain out of compliance. Ohmad said she taught herself special education law out of necessity after a teacher tied down her non-verbal autistic son in 2008…. School has not started yet, but Ohmad said she is already receiving calls from parents frustrated with the district’s special education program…. Throughout this month, Waco ISD staff are getting additional special education training. Special education directors are also updating the district’s special education policies and procedures…. District spokesman Kyle DeBeer said in addition to revamping the leadership structure and putting new people in place, the district has added special education staff this summer, including a behavior specialist, two instructional specialists, two speech pathologists and three diagnosticians, It also plans to add three Arrival Review and Dismissal facilitators in the future….