Texas Allows Cameras in Special Ed Classes A new law in Texas, believed to be the first of its kind, requires school districts to install surveillance cameras upon request in special education classrooms. Under the law, which takes effect in the 2016–2017 school year, a parent, school board trustee or staff member may request a camera in ... News in Brief
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Texas Allows Cameras in Special Ed Classes
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Texas Allows Cameras in Special Ed Classes
The ASHA Leader, September 2015, Vol. 20, 15. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB7.20092015.15
The ASHA Leader, September 2015, Vol. 20, 15. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB7.20092015.15
A new law in Texas, believed to be the first of its kind, requires school districts to install surveillance cameras upon request in special education classrooms.
Under the law, which takes effect in the 2016–2017 school year, a parent, school board trustee or staff member may request a camera in a self-contained special education classroom or other environment where the majority of students are receiving special ed services. The measure limits who may view recordings and under what circumstances.
The law is designed to improve safety for vulnerable students, especially those with communication disorders, but some education groups say it’s an unfunded mandate for school districts.
The bill allows the Texas Education Commissioner to create a grant program from unused public education funds. The cameras cost at least $150 each, and legislative staff estimate they could cost school districts statewide more than $2.5 million, plus installation and maintenance.
Similar efforts led by parents of children with disabilities in other states, including Georgia, have failed.
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