Eanes school district pulls out of special education analysis project


Eanes Independent School District is hitting the pause button on its participation in a state project to data mine special education records, saying they want time to rethink the project.

“Given the concerns raised by various stakeholder groups, Eanes ISD feels it is in the district’s best interest to stop and take the time to consider next steps,” said spokeswoman Claudia McWhorter. “We want to ensure the district has adequate and updated information in order to make an informed decision and to be transparent with our school district community.”

Eanes was among about 170 districts statewide that have agreed to be part of a Texas Education Agency effort to analyze individualized education plans, which are personalized records for students in special education. Those plans lay out services students receive and include private information such as medical conditions, psychiatric care, family history and academic performance. The plans are protected by federal privacy laws.

Parents of special education students say they were were not notified that the plans were being shared with a private company — one of several aspects of the arrangement that has raised alarms.

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