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HISD Drops Plan to Relocate Students with Disabilities from TH Rogers School

Parents of students participating in the program have previously opposed the district’s original plan to terminate the program.

HOUSTON. On Thursday, Houston ISD announced that it would not advance its plan to relocate students with disabilities from TH Rogers School, which has a special program for them.

Editor’s Note: The video above is taken from KHOU 11’s previous coverage of this story.

“I am pleased to announce that HISD will not be moving students into the PSI program at TH Rogers after a decision pause before the holidays. HISD is committed to meeting TEA’s requirements for the least restrictive environment to keep the program at TH Rogers and to better involve our parents and families in decisions that affect our students, now and in the future. The feedback, advocacy and engagement of our community has been critical to achieving this outcome,” HISD Superintendent Millard House II. says in the statement.

Parents of participating students have previously opposed the district’s plan to move PSI students to schools closer to their homes.

PSI stands for “Preparing Students for Independence”, although most of them are never expected to be independent given their disability.

“You don’t know what’s right for my child, you don’t know what’s right for these people, kids,” one frustrated parent said at a November meeting about the plan.

“This program is very, very valuable. It is very valuable not only for students, but also for parents,” said Anitra Washington.

Her daughter is enrolled in the program.

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