Texas may owe feds $223M after special education cuts
Officials at TEA told lawmakers the state may owe the federal government as much as $223 million for illegally decreasing funding for students with disabilities, The Texas Tribune reported Friday.
In October, TEA estimated the state's fine would be about $33 million. The new figure is a significant increase and equals about 25 percent of the state's annual special education grant. For the past year, TEA has been working to implement changes to its special education programs to meet federal guidelines. TEA told The Texas Tribune that it is discussing solutions with legislators and the U.S. Department of Education.