Wendy Davis Recognized by TCASE for Work on Special Education

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Senator Wendy Davis was honored by the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education (TCASE) for her work regarding special education. Davis' first filibuster, in 2011, was in response to drastic cuts to public education funding.

Senator Davis has always fought for the best interests of Texas students and teachers, and this award from TCASE recognizes her work during the 83rd regular legislative session.

Read the release below the jump.

SENATOR WENDY DAVIS RECEIVES AWARD FROM EDUCATION GROUP

AUSTIN – Yesterday, Senator Wendy Davis was presented with the Silver Star Award by members of the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education (TCASE) for her work on behalf of special education teachers and their students.

“Part of making Texas stronger is ensuring our children have access to a world-class education,” Senator Davis said. “I am honored to receive this award from TCASE, and I will continue to work on behalf of all Texas families, who want their children to have the best education possible.”

“TCASE is pleased to award Senator Davis with the Silver Star Award,” said Janna Lilly, TCASE Director of Governmental Relations. “Senator Davis met with our members, listened to their concerns about burdensome testing requirements, and took action. Our special education teachers and administrators now have more time to spend on instruction rather than test prep.”

Specifically, Senator Davis authored a bill, SB 1309, during the 83rd Texas Legislative Session that removes the requirement for special needs teachers to develop their own assessment materials for the STAAR-Alt test, freeing up much-needed time for student instruction.

Prior to the start of the legislative session, TCASE surveyed their members and found that special needs instructors were spending roughly six hours per week outside of class time to develop the STAAR Alt assessment. In addition, 42% of special education directors reported having to hire substitute teachers for multiple days to support teacher administration of the STAAR Alt.

Senator Davis' bill was later added as part of a broader testing reform bill, HB 5, which became law last month.

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