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83rd Legislature Made Strides In Education Funding, But Were They Enough?

Eileen Pace
TPR News

Both parties in the school finance battle have been called back to court to review what has happened in the legislative session, which could lead to an official decision.

Travis County District Judge John Dietz made an initial ruling that  the way Texas funds public schools was unconstitutional, but did not make that ruling official, instead waiting to see what happened during the legislative session.

Houston attorney David Thompson is the lead defense attorney for the largest group of schools in the lawsuit and said that though there was significant strides taken during the legislative session, the $3.4 billion added this session does not fully restore the $5.4 billion that was cut in 2011.

Another issue that has not been fixed is the funding structure for individual school districts.

Thompson said he anticipates this week’s court date is simply to review and it is unlikely that it could result in Dietz reversing his decision on the issue.

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