started as the public education reporter in October 2016. She came to the Tribune from the hyperlocal nonprofit New Haven Independent, where she covered education, zoning and transit for two years. After graduating from Yale University in 2013, she spent a year freelance reporting in Panama on social issues affecting black Panamanian communities. A native New Yorker, Aliyya misses public transportation but is thrilled by the lack of snow.
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, raising the prospect of yet another federal financial penalty.
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."
In a letter Friday, federal officials said Texas should do more to monitor school districts' compliance with special education law and ensure parents have necessary information in their native languages.