250,000 Kids. $277 Million in Fines. It’s Been 3 Years Since Feds Ordered a Special Ed Reboot in Texas — Why Are Students Still Being Denied?

By Beth Hawkins

After 11 years of trying to get help for their blind daughter, Sophia Salehi’s parents moved from Texas to Massachusetts, where she now receives proper support. (Courtesy Nick Salehi and Heather Beliveaux)

Lisa Mauldin was in the hallway at Reagan Elementary School when she saw the green box. Marked off on the floor with duct tape, the neon square enclosed a tiny desk, set apart from tables set up in small groups…