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School board responds to TEA report
BEAUMONT - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News
The Beaumont school district is putting together a plan to come into compliance with the Texas Education Agencys recommendations for the districts special education department.
Board President Gwen Ambres says the district has one year to come under compliance, however, it must first submit a plan of action by March 7.
She says she is in talks with Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois to host a dialogue with community members about the process to take place sometime in March.
We are discussing that and we should be coming up with a specific date here shortly, but we're shooting for March on that, she said.
As far as the actual recommendations, Ambres said they didnt seem that difficult to follow.
In particular, she pointed to the second recommendation, providing all teachers with time to plan for instruction during their contract hours.
That doesnt seem like a huge obstacle to overcome, but its not being done, she said.
She said some of the other recommendations provided by the TEA require some more research, citing non-certified instructors.
We need to figure out how that does happen, because until we put our finger on that, then were not going to be able to have sustainability when we close the gap," she said.
Ambres said sustainability is the key to avoid making the same mistake repeatedly.
She says in the end, the goal is to educate all of the children in the district promising unity from the Board when the action plan is put in place.
The Board will be a team of seven. It will be all seven of us pulling together to make this happen, because no matter what the agenda of any board member, what editorials they put out there, what subjective comments they put out there, every board member is committed to children, she said.