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The Source: Unconstitutional Education Funding In Texas


 

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Judge John Dietz ruled that the way Texas funds its schools is unconstitutional. In his ruling, found here, Judge Dietz doesn't pull any punches. 

"The court finds that the Texas school finance system effectively imposes a state property tax in violation of Article VIII, Section 1-e of the Texas Constitution because school districts do not have meaningful discretion over the levy, assessment and disbursement of local property taxes. The court further finds that the Legislature has failed to meet its constitutional duty to suitably provide for Texas public schools because the school finance system is structured, operated, and funded so that it cannot provide a constitutionally adequate education for all Texas schoolchildren."

What does it mean for Texas schools? 

Guest

  • David Hinojosa, attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive