Lubbock ISD is making arrangements to comply with recently passed Senate Bill 507. It requires video cameras in special education classrooms for students who take an alternative state assessment instead of the STAAR exam. LISD's Executive Director of Special Ed Kami Finger says 54 classrooms in the district will have the new cameras at a cost of $162,000.
"This is a measure to promote student safety, it's not an evaluative measure," Finger said. "We will not be using this to evaluate our teachers. We have quality teachers in Lubbock ISD, especially those teachers who teach special education."
Finger says because of the high cost the district is investigating alternative sources of funding. Finger reports the district has about a year to comply with the mandate.