Texas public schools are keeping tens of thousands of disabled children out of special education according to an investigation by the Houston Chronicle.

Over a decade ago, state officials decided that only 8.5 percent of students (less than the national average of 13 percent) should receive special education services, even though one official admitted that this number was not based on research.

The Chronicle’s investigation found that teachers and administrators have been limiting access to special education services to children with every form of disability in order to stay below this benchmark. These decisions often have devastating and lasting consequences for Texas children.