Disability rights advocates have dug up documents appearing to show Texas spent $41.6 million less on kids with disabilities in 2017 than the year before.
The two sides debated whether Texas' decreased spending on children with disabilities years ago violated federal law.
On Wednesday, the two parties will argue their cases in front of the the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
As the 2018-19 academic year unfolds, both districts are following a TEA timeline to turnaround schools deemed "improvement required."
An early projection has Texas decreasing state funding to public education, and largely using local taxes to fill the gap.
Data from the Texas Education Agency shows that economically disadvantaged students perform differently in traditional public schools than in charter schools.
Justin Porter, previously the education agency's executive director of special populations, will oversee how Texas school districts are serving kids with special needs.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, two teacher groups argue Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath exceeded his authority and weakened protections for public school employees.
At the end of the 2017-18 school year, only 9 students in East Central ISD were sent to truancy court due to success of new trauma informed approach.
Educators have called the system an oversimplification of a complex grading rubric and characterized it as relying too heavily on STAAR results.