Texas: Case on School Financing Begins
Lawyers for about 600 school districts argued Monday that the school financing system is so
“hopelessly broken” that it violates the State Constitution. The state countered that the system
was nowhere near a crisis. A single case consolidating six suits filed by about two-thirds of
the districts opened before Judge John Dietz of State District Court in Austin. The suits were
filed after the Legislature cut $4 billion for schools and $1.4 billion for grant programs last
year. The state attorney general’s office says that because Texas places great emphasis on
local control, shortcomings are the fault of individual districts.