Bills would close some state schools

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas should close some of its homes for the mentally disabled and get more of those residents into community settings, two state lawmakers say.

Rep. Patrick Rose of Dripping Springs and Sen. Rodney Ellis of Houston filed bills Monday that would close some schools in a state system wracked by reports of abuse and neglect of patients.

The lawmakers did not say which schools should be closed and that the matter will take a lot of study.

Some families of the residents at the schools have opposed such a move, saying their loved ones have received good care.

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