Lawsuit: Former AISD TA threw trash can at special needs child’s face
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas schools must get their act together — and fast. The directive came out Thursday, after federal investigators confirmed at least tens of thousands of Texas students were denied Special Education programs.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says every child with a need must have access to services that meet his or her unique needs. Governor Greg Abbott went a step further, saying not only did school districts fail in their duty, but the Texas Education Agency didn’t hold districts accountable. The head of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Mike Morath said they will address this, and quickly.
KXAN sat down with a parent taking legal steps to hold Austin ISD accountable herself. Nidia Heston said she’s encouraged to hear the federal and state push for more resources, after she filed suit against AISD this week. The lawsuit states the district had a duty to provide her middle school son staff capable of dealing with his special needs, yet failed to do so.
Sitting in her living room, Heston pointed to a painting her now 15-year-old son did just two weeks before he was hurt.
“He added this black outline and then stood back and said now it’s now complete,” she said of the line around the stomach area of an otherwise colorfully painted owl.