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E1: A 50-year-old court case still shapes Texas school funding today

From primaries to political donations to special sessions, school vouchers are one of the major political drivers in Texas right now. If Gov. Greg Abbott and his backers succeed in passing them, it will mark a new chapter in the state's complicated school finance history.

To understand the implications of that decision, Texans need to understand how the current school funding system works, and the history of how that system came to be.

San Antonio families have been fighting for school funding equity for 50 years, beginning with a group of parents led by Demetrio Rodriguez. They filed a landmark lawsuit that made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973.

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