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5th Circuit upholds feds' $33 million penalty for Texas decrease in special education funding

The three-judge panel effectively upheld the U.S. Department of Education's decision to withhold $33 million from Texas in a future special education grant, calling the state's argument "unpersuasive."

Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins leaves the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.

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