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Education Spotlight: Walsh Gallegos

Updated: Nov 2, 2022

Walsh Gallegos

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Social Impact Podcast with Lynn Davenport

LawyerEd Up in Texas - Who is Walsh Gallegos?

10/31/2022

by Lynn Davenport & Mary Lowe, Families Engaged


Podcast Show Notes:

Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Kyle & Robinson is a law firm deeply entrenched in the Texas education landscape. They are often hired by school districts to fight parents advocating on behalf of their students with special needs. Districts use taxpayer dollars to lawyer up against parents who demand services under the law which are FAPE and IDEA rights. More than 70% of school districts in Texas enlist the help of Walsh Gallegos to undermine parental rights.

Walsh Gallegos was also a primary player in helping school districts uphold an arbitrary cap on special education students that was set in 2004. The Houston Chronicle did an exposé on the cap in 2016 called Denied.

In October, Mary Lowe of Families Engaged went before the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) to alert them about Walsh Gallegos. She uncovered a presentation given to Region 15 Education Service Center (ESC) by Walsh Gallegos. The presentation was designed to teach districts how to skirt Senate Bill 3. Her testimony can be found here.

Jim Walsh of Walsh Gallegos is a political donor to the Democrat party and can be found on Twitter. Perhaps he needs to be reminded of the Texas Lawyer’s Creed





Who is Walsh Gallegos?

10/05/2022

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Walsh Gallegos is a law firm deeply entrenched in the Texas education landscape. They are often hired by school districts to fight parents advocating on behalf of their special needs students. Districts use taxpayer dollars to “lawyer up” against parents who demand services under FAPE and IDEA rights. More than 70% of school districts in Texas enlist the help of Walsh Gallegos to skirt legislation and parental rights.


Walsh Gallegos was a primary player in the illegal cap on special education set in 2004. They made a LOT of money defending the 8.5% cap.


Mary Lowe of Families Engaged explained the latest presentation given by Walsh Gallegos to teach districts how to skirt SB3.


August 30, 2022 SBOE Committee of the Full Board.


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Walsh Gallegos Instructing Educators How To Sidestep SB3


Link to blog on SB3 from 87(2) in 2021 for your reference.


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Education Spotlight: Restorative Justice / Restorative Discipline

Jim Walsh is the Walsh in Walsh Gallegos. It more than fair to say that he is a fan of restorative discipline.

Example of Walsh powerpoint for educators:





Not So Special Ed

3/2017

by Texas Monthly

See also Texans for Special Education Reform.

“If you are a school leader, a principal, or a school board member and the only training you get about special-ed law is from the one voice who is also hired by your district to help you not provide services, that’s a conflict of interest,” said Fries. “It also creates a poisoned climate.”




See more on Jim Walsh. Coming soon!

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