Stories to follow in 2019: Concerned parents await results of Clear Creek ISD special-education audit


WHAT WE REPORTED A group of concerned parents of Clear Creek ISD special-education students has been fighting for months against what they view as the district’s mistreatment of special-needs students. CCISD administration denied the claims, but the CCISD board of trustees over the summer approved hiring an independent Austin-based consultant Gibson Consulting to audit the district’s special-education programs. The audit will finish in March.

THE LATEST CCISD officials in November formed a Special Education Parent Advisory Committee of 44 parents—one from each of the district’s 44 schools.

The group met for the first time Nov. 29 and “exceeded expectations” by having table discussions and writing down areas it would like the district to improve and address when it comes to special education, said Elaina Polsen, CCISD’s executive director of communications.

Gibson surveyed district parents about the district’s special-education services and got a 28 percent response rate, which is very high, Polsen said. Gibson will use the survey when putting together its recommendations.

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Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for a few years, covering topics such as city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be an editor with Community Impact. In his free time, Magee enjoys playing video games, jamming on the drums and bass, longboarding and petting his cat.
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