COVID-19 led to substantial learning loss. To support families, Gov. Abbott and the Legislature established the state’s first parent-directed spending program. The program is popular, successful, and should be expanded to help more Texas students.

Key points

– Student eligibility: 605,351 public school students served through special education may participate.

– Waitlist: Current funding can support 72,600 students; 17,900 are currently waitlisted; TEA anticipates a waitlist of 48,000 to 74,000 students by May 2023.

– Family feedback: 97% of families reported that the goods or services funded by the Supplemental Special Education Services helped their child meet their learning goals.