Texas school districts will be required to have cameras in special education classrooms if a parent, school board trustee or staff member requests it, starting in the 2016-2017 school year. The cameras are aimed at improving safety for more vulnerable students, but some education groups say it’s an unfunded mandate for school districts.
During the legislative session, dozens of parents testified in support of the camera proposal. Many parents who testified spoke about their children who were abused or isolated for long periods of time.
Sen. Eddie Lucio, who wrote the bill, says the cameras would provide protection for students who can’t protect themselves.