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HISD plans to relocate PSI program at T.H. Rogers School

Right now, 36 college students attend specialised lessons at T.H. Rogers School, which has housed the program for years.

HOUSTON, Texas — Many mother and father are outraged at Houston ISD’s plan to relocate severely disabled college students from a shared college to varied different campuses.

“I’m coming and hell’s coming with me,” stated dad or mum Julie Beeson.

She stated she’s making ready for battle over the schooling of her 15-year-old son, Beau.

“Beau was born premature and has cerebral palsy and he is the love of my life,” said Beeson. “He’s my only child and I would do anything to take up for him.”

She and others are fired up over Houston ISD’s plan to relocate Beau and dozens of different profoundly disabled college students from T.H. Rogers School, which has lengthy housed what’s often called the PSI program, to their zoned campuses.

PSI stands for “preparing students for independence,” though most are by no means anticipated to be unbiased given their disabilities. 

“They should be building a new school for our kids and giving them everything like it was the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” stated Beeson.  “Not brushing them below the rug.”

In a letter despatched to impacted households, the top of particular schooling stated the district was “excited” in regards to the alternative and is working to “ensure a seamless transition.”

That’s one thing mother and father discover arduous to imagine.

“I hope that HISD will be embarrassed because this is shameful, what they’re doing,” stated dad or mum Kelly Millner.  “A child’s going to get hurt.”

Her daughter, Neave, attended T.H. Rogers School till age 22.

She stated it’s not solely about dropping a faculty with modified school rooms and specialised tools, it’s about preserving a way of neighborhood.

“My daughter’s aged out of the program but I still know teachers and parents and children and it breaks my heart,” stated Millner.  “And I really feel like I’ve to combat for this like my daughter was nonetheless there.”

A variety of mother and father have already despatched letters to the superintendent and HISD trustees in hopes of discovering an answer on behalf of Beau and others.

“It’s despicable,” stated Beeson.

The district is holding an data session for impacted households on Friday.

KHOU 11 News acquired this response after requesting extra data concerning the plan from HISD:

“HISD is committed to ensuring all students have access to the best environment to ensure an exceptional educational experience. In an effort to ensure the least restrictive environment (LRE) for our forty-nine 1st – 12th grade Preparing Students for Independence (PSI) special education students at the T.H. Rogers School, we will be transitioning these students to their home/neighborhood campuses (with PSI programs) for the 2023-2024 school year. This decision was made after extensive consideration and collaboration with our TEA Special Education Conservators.”

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