LA Dept of Ed Officials React to SPEDx’s Bad Publicity in Texas: An Email Exchange


On December 15, 2017, the Texas Tribunereported that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) terminated its “controversial no-bid special education contract” with with controversial for-profit, SPEDx (aka Avenir Education Inc.). The article opens as follows:

After pushback from special education advocates, the Texas Education Agency is terminating a no-bid contract with a company to analyze thousands of personal records of students with disabilities — and reviewing agency contract processes.

Part of the pushback in Texas was captured in this highly critical review published only days earlier, on December 13, 2017, on Houston Public Media, entitled, “Special Ed Experts Raise More Questions about Controversial Data-Mining Company,” centered on a SPEDx report using special education data from Louisiana. From the article:

More concerns are emerging about a company awarded a $4 million no-bid contract to mine special education data in Texas, based on the company’s previous work in Louisiana.

News 88.7 obtained…

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