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Texas Funding Trial Scheduled for Fall

By Andrew Ujifusa — April 24, 2012 1 min read

A case pitting Texas school districts against the state over cuts in education funding now has an official place on the judicial calendar, with a Texas district court judge having set a trial date for Oct. 22.

The litigation was spurred by the legislature’s decision last year to cut $5.4 billion in funding for K-12 education from its next two-year budget. It pits the state against four groups of districts that will in various ways argue that the latest cuts have created a school funding system that is “inequitable, inadequate, and unconstitutional,” to use the words of Education Justice, a nonprofit group that offers support services to education advocates in school funding cases. More than 500 Texas districts sued after the $5.4 billion cut was finalized.

As the Dallas Morning News story notes, the state’s legislative leaders have said the cuts were necessary and proper, given the state’s $23 billion revenue hole.

A version of this article appeared in the April 25, 2012 edition of Education Week as Texas Funding Trial Scheduled for Fall

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