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Texas Special Education Reform Comes With Mountain Of Mistrust

The state agency is trying to enact reforms to make up for breaking the law, but parents and advocates say it will take a lot to regain their trust

When Walker Goolsby was 3, school officials said he wasn’t autistic because he was creative.

In 2004, the Texas Education Agency arbitrarily decided the state should shrink special education to 8.5 percent of the student population.

After conducting an investigation, the U.S. Department of Education said the effective cap illegally barred tens of thousands of children with disabilities from a free and appropriate education.

The state agency is trying to enact reforms to make up for breaking the law, but parents and advocates say it will take a lot to regain their trust.

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