Pearland ISD dad and mom voice considerations over district’s dealing with of particular training college students

PEARLAND, Texas – A group of parents, along with an advocate for special education, gathered in front of the Pearland ISD Administration building on North Main St., Pearland, for a press conference on August 4 to discuss what they call “egregious Behavior ”, to speak of the part of the school district that relates to special education for pupils.

Karen Cunningham, special education attorney, and two PISD parents she represents shared their concerns about the support the district is providing to special education students.

“This district is not where you want to be if your children need additional academic, behavioral, or language help,” said Kelly Rhame, one of the Cunningham-represented parents. “This district will be spending tens of thousands of dollars defending its program instead of helping your child read.”

According to Cunningham, at least five due process hearings are pending at PISD over the next few months. Due process before a judge is an option parents can choose if they are disagreed with the school district’s assessment of their child’s special educational needs, Cunningham said

Cunningham and her clients said the district was responsible for several shortcomings, including the lack of training of teachers and staff to deal with students with special needs; Parents’ lies about processes, teachers, and available services for special needs; and denial of services to students who may need special education services.

In a statement to Community Impact Newspaper, the district said it was aware of the press conference organized by Cunningham and their clients, but was unable to go into detail due to upcoming hearings at the Texas Education Agency.

“We are confident that the facts will be revealed during the trial,” said the district’s statement. “Despite what was hinted at during the press conference, Pearland ISD and Special Program staff are committed to serving the needs of students receiving special education.”

This content was provided by our partners at Community Impact Newspaper.


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