Who is HCDE

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What is Harris County Department of Education?

Harris County Department of Education helps school districts in the state’s largest county meet the needs of uniquely challenged learners, directly serving students at their schools or one of four HCDE-operated campuses across the county.

For two consecutive years, HCDE has reduced its tax rate below the effective tax rate and now collects less than one-half of one penny – about $10 a year for the average homeowner. This provides operational efficiencies for the 25 area school districts in Harris County at a lower cost to taxpayers than it would cost if the districts provided the services separately.

 

How do school districts benefit from HCDE?

School districts in Harris County can serve student populations needing special education in Houston with quality instructors and therapists from HCDE at a reduced cost. 

  • School-Based Therapy Services - Students with special learning accommodations are helped by our 160 occupational therapy, physical therapy and music therapy specialists, who serve nearly 8,000 students annually at their home campuses, providing more than 50 percent of special education therapy services in our 25 Harris County school districts
  • Academic and Behavior Schools - Two schools support students with profound special education needs or at-risk behaviors, such as autism, mental retardation and Down syndrome. These campuses are equipped with specialized support programs and a low teacher student ratio of two teachers for every six students.

Students of all ages throughout Harris County are helped by our five main areas of service.

In addition to serving students with special education needs, HCDE operates

 

Other services provided to districts/public:

Professional development for educators

Educator certification/test preparation

Purchasing cooperative

Business support services

School safety

Records management

 

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