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Breakthrough in budget standoff

May 23, 2013

San Antoion Express News
Texas lawmakers broke their budget impasse Wednesday by advancing proposals to give more money to schools, create a constitutionally dedicated account for water infrastructure and dip heavily into the rainy day fund to fuel that account and undo an accounting maneuver.

The proposals are part of “a good conservative budget … something that we can all be proud of,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands.

Final legislative approval is still needed on the proposals, with some voicing concern about the prospect of taking nearly $4 billion from the rainy day fund.

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Charter Schools, Parents to File School Finance Suit

Texplainer: Has State Spending on Schools Increased?

Feb. 6, 2013

Texas Tribune
Hey, Texplainer: I keep hearing that the money the state spends on public education has increased over the past decade. But the ruling in the school finance trial said Texas schools are underfunded. Who is right?

State district Judge John Dietz declared the Texas school finance system unconstitutional on Monday. He ruled in favor of more than 600 school districts that sued after lawmakers in 2011 slashed $5.4 billion in funding just as the state transitioned to a rigorous new student assessment and accountability system.

The state will appeal the ruling, most likely to the Texas Supreme Court, once Dietz issues a more detailed written decision in several weeks.

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Charter Schools, Parents to File School Finance Suit

School funding fixes shouldn’t wait

Feb. 5, 2013

Austin American Statesman
“SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE OF SYSTEM OF PUBLIC FREE SCHOOLS. A general diffusion of knowledge being essential to the preservation of the liberties and rights of the people, it shall be the duty of the Legislature of the State to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools.”

Of all the words in a document that is aging gracelessly, those 57 have proven to be among the most elusive and most expensive. A lot of time and money has been spent on lawyers, judges, education experts and other interested parties trying not only to define “efficient” but to achieve it.

Is it efficient, for example, to expect schools to perform academically while cutting funding?

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Charter Schools, Parents to File School Finance Suit

Hamilton: Tax credits a smokescreen for school vouchers

January 29, 2013

Austin American Statesman
Suppose that companies that owe taxes to the state could donate money to a private group that would pick children to receive private school scholarships, and in return, the companies would get a tax break. Would that be good policy?

The Texas Legislature soon will debate this question. But, if you aren’t one of the corporations or the tiny percentage of families getting a tax break or scholarship and, like most Texas families with children, you rely on public schools, you already know the answer: No, it’s not.

Why would we create such a complicated way of paying for a tiny percentage of students to attend private schools when our public schools desperately need resources for the 5 million students they educate annually? The answer: these corporate tax credits are meant to conceal something else—school vouchers.

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Charter Schools, Parents to File School Finance Suit

GOP waits and sees on school funding

January 27, 2013

San Antonio Express News
AUSTIN — A state judge is expected to rule next week on whether the school finance system is broken, but lawmakers aren’t anywhere near ready to launch repairs.

Instead, Republican leaders plan to wait for an appeal and a final Texas Supreme Court ruling so they know exactly what they are forced to do.

In a twist, some of their rhetoric seems to suggest school districts have only themselves to blame for the postponement of hopes of restoring funds cut back from education two years ago.

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Charter Schools, Parents to File School Finance Suit

Austin superintendent testifies in ongoing school finance trial

November 26, 2012

Austin American Statesman
Austin school district Superintendent Meria Carstarphen on Monday swatted down arguments from a state lawyer that the district had ample financial wiggle room to deal with its share of the $5.4 billion budget cuts enacted by the Legislature last year.

During testimony in the ongoing school finance trial, Carstarphen said the district has been doing its best given the changing student demographics, including more students with limited English skills, at a time of increasing state academic standards.

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Charter Schools, Parents to File School Finance Suit

Making The Expert: Schools need additional $6 billion a year to meet higher standards

Oct. 29, 2012

Austin American Statesman
Texas school districts need an additional $6 billion a year to get students up to the high academic standards lawmakers have put in place, a school finance expert testified on Monday during the ongoing trial.

“I don’t believe that we’re going to close educational gaps and reach … college and career (readiness) without spending additional money,” said Lynn Moak, a consultant who has testified at all six school finance trials in Texas.

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Charter Schools, Parents to File School Finance Suit

Making The Case
Plaintiffs have strong points in school funding suit

Oct. 24, 2012

Dallas Morning News
The state’s latest school finance lawsuit is only into its first week of hearings, but this much already is clear: Poor and wealthy districts aren’t fighting each other. They are united in protesting that lawmakers aren’t adequately funding Texas schools. It is not often that you see rich and poor districts partnering in a school finance case.

Equally compelling is that suburban, urban and rural districts are making the same funding point. So are charter schools. In fact, most corners of Texas are saddling up together in this suit, in which the main contention is that legislators aren’t meeting their constitutional duty to provide resources for a decent education.

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Our View: The Robin Hood system of school finance punishes communities

September 16, 2012

Lubbock Avalanche Journal
Not only has the misguided “Robin Hood” system of school finance existed in Texas for almost 20 years, it continues to get bigger.

It’s a shame it’s going in that direction. How could Texas make an unfair system even more unfair? By spreading it around and inflicting it on a wider scale.

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Charter Schools, Parents to File School Finance Suit

NUMBER OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS CAUGHT UP IN RECAPTURE WEB GROWS

September 11, 2012

Quorum Report
An all-time high number of school districts will be returning money to the state under the Texas school finance system this year, which the Texas School Coalition argues is a good reason to put more money into public education.

The next round of school finance litigation is imminent, with the trial set to begin next month. Six plaintiff groups will be jockeying for position in this round, and at least two have hired outside public relations firms to pitch their points.

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Charter Schools, Parents to File School Finance Suit

Record number of Texas school districts subject to ‘Robin Hood’ tax sharing

September 11, 2012

Dallas Morning News
A record number of school districts — many of them in North Texas — have been named share-the-wealth districts for the new school year, although a large number won’t be subject to Robin Hood provisions of the state’s school finance law unless they raise taxes.

TA total of 374 districts have been notified by the Texas Education Agency that their property wealth per student is at a level where they can be required to share some local property tax revenue with lower-wealth districts.

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Charter Schools, Parents to File School Finance Suit

An Updated Guide to Texas School Finance Lawsuits

July 3, 2012

Texas Tribune
An Updated Guide to Texas School Finance Lawsuits

Texas’ latest round of school finance litigation adds some new players to the courtroom, with interests that are more varied than ever before. We’ve created a cheat sheet to help you keep all six lawsuits — and the plaintiffs’ basic arguments — straight.

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Charter Schools, Parents to File School Finance Suit

Charter Schools, Parents to File School-Finance Suit

June 26, 2012

Texas Tribune
Texas is now about to face six lawsuits that target the way it funds public schools.

The Texas Charter School Association announced Tuesday that it would enter the legal fray, arguing that the state has short-changed charter schools because it does not provide funding for facilities.

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South Texas school districts grapple with increased property values from Eagle Ford Shale

South Texas school districts grapple with increased property values from Eagle Ford Shale

Rick Spruill

Corpus Christi Caller Times
KARNES CITY — Robin Hood, meet the Eagle Ford Shale.

The South Texas oil and gas boom has achieved legendary status, enriching some of the state’s poorest counties along the way as property values have skyrocketed.

In out-of-the-way places such as Karnes City, appraisers have charted a dizzying rise in values that should spell nothing but good news for traditionally property-poor school districts.

If only it was that simple.

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A Guide to the Texas School Finance Lawsuits

February 29, 2012

Texas Tribune
One consequence of lawmakers’ $5.4 billion cut to Texas public schools? Five school finance lawsuits filed against the state, covering more than 500 districts and 3 million students.

With the latest suit, filed Feb. 24 by a group called Texans for Real Efficiency and Equity in Education, comes a twist: The plaintiffs aren’t school districts, but parents who support charter schools, bringing a new voice into courtrooms that until now have been populated with veterans of past school finance battles. Instead of challenging the state on whether it has given enough money to schools — a component of the four other lawsuits — it questions how that money is being spent.

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Texas Senate
Texas Senate
SELIGER ONE OF TWO LIKELY CONTENDERS FOR SENATE EDUCATION CHAIR AGAINST BACKDROP OF LOOMING ISSUES AND LAWSUITS

April 20, 2012

Quorum Report

Seliger and Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) have emerged as the two candidates being considered to replace Shapiro. Seliger has three years seniority on Patrick. Both serve on the education and finance committees, as well as the select interim committee on school finance. Seliger is perceived as a rural moderate Republican more friendly to public education interests, although Patrick is well regarded among the school districts he represents in conservative northwest Harris County.

Seliger shuns the labels of moderate and conservative for the future committee chair. And even if Seliger loses the bid for chair, he says the new chair has his loyalty.

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Who Will Lead the Texas Senate Education Committee?

March 22, 2012

Texas Tribune

In September, when Sen. Florence Shapiro announced she wouldn’t seek re-election, it created what one longtime education consultant called a “major disturbance in the force.”

Shapiro’s departure means the end of a nearly two-decade-long tenure in the state Senate marked by deep involvement in education policy — and an opening in the top position on the Senate Education Committee for the first time since 2003.

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Hart: Even ‘facts’ on school funding are hard to decipher

March 9, 2012

Houston Chronicle
People involved in the debate over Texas public school finance, even those with different viewpoints, are all fond of a certain axiom: You are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts.

But deciding which facts actually matter has become increasingly a source of dispute.

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Call a special session on school finance

March 8, 2012

Austin American Statesman
Texas teachers recognize that a long-term solution to the serious financial problems of our public schools will require some time and likely some prodding by the courts but the schools also are in dire need of a quick, emergency fix now. They need a tourniquet to stop the bleeding that resulted from the deep cuts made in the public education budget last spring by the governor and the legislative majority.

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Carlisle, educators agree on equalizing school funding

March 5, 2012

Amarillo Globe
For Anette Carlisle, the Texas Legislature needs to tackle the huge inequities in public education funding formulas.

“If the Legislature really thinks about its role in funding public education in Texas it needs an equitable system that makes sense,” said Carlisle, board of trustees president at Amarillo Independent School District, one of nearly 600 districts suing the state for its alleged failure to adequately fund public education.

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Texas Joint Interim Committee to Study School Finance

February 29, 2012

Texas Tribune
Texas lawmakers announced today that they would form a joint interim committee to study the state’s school finance system.

That comes as more than 500 school districts representing 3 million Texas students have signed up to sue the state over public education funding — largely because of the $5.4 billion budget cuts enacted during the last legislative session.

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Statewide property tax funding option for schools unpopular solution

February 29, 2012

Lubbock Avalanche Journal
For James Arnold, if the Texas Legislature is serious about public education, first it must tackle huge inequities in the funding formulas.

“We have a very inequitable funding system, and it needs to be fixed,” said Arnold, president of the Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees, one of nearly 600 districts suing the state alleging failure to fund public education adequately.

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Alpine ISD joins school finance lawsuit against state

February 25, 2012

Alpine Avalanche
The Alpine Independent School District has entered one of the biggest education battles in Texas —
how public schools are financed.

More than 400 districts have joined the Equity Center’s lawsuit and a group called the Texas Taxpayer
& Student Fairness Coalition, which argue that the finance system is inequitable, particularly as it
applies to property-poor districts like Alpine’s.

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Parents file 5th Texas school finance lawsuit

February 25, 2012

Associated Press
A small group of parents filed the fifth school finance lawsuit against
Texas on Friday, this one charging that the state is not getting enough bang for its buck and
asking the courts to address inefficiencies in how education funding is spent.

Attorneys submitted the suit to the 200th Judicial District Court in Austin on behalf of five
families who say the state’s schools aren’t meeting their children’s needs, as well as Texans for
Real Efficiency and Equity in Education, a new group formed by three entrepreneurs.

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Charter school group wants to be part of school finance lawsuit

February 24, 2012

AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
The lack of outside competition to Texas public schools has rendered the state education system inefficient and thus unconstitutional, according to a legal challenge filed on Friday.

Opening the doors to more privately managed public charter schools in Texas is one of the ultimate objectives of Texans for Real Efficiency and Equity in Education, a newly formed nonprofit group led by former House Public Education Chairman Kent Grusendorf .

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NEW SCHOOL FINANCE LAWSUIT MOVES BEYOND MECHANICS OF DISTRIBUTING MONEY; SUGGESTS DIFFERENT VISION OF UTILIZING RESOURCES

February 24, 2012

The Quorum Report
A fifth school finance lawsuit was filed today, one that will focus on efficiency of spending within the current school finance system.

Attorney Chris Diamond will argue, on behalf of a number of parents across the state, that the system does not make the best use of its money and that there is too much bureaucratic waste within the school finance system.

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TREE Complaint Texas School Suit

SCHOOL FINANCE PLAINTIFF TO SEEK COURT SUPERVISION OF FINANCE REMEDY

February 22, 2012

The Quorum Report
The lead attorney of the largest plaintiff group in the pending school finance case intends to amend his petition to include court supervision of any finance remedy.

David Thompson addressed the Austin Independent School District’s board of trustees last night about the pending litigation, which Thompson said he hopes will go to trial court in October. At the end of his remarks, trustee Robert Schneider asked the question almost every trustee and lawmaker has asked at least once: How do we break this endless cycle of court cases?

“We’ve put a lot of thought into that,” Thompson said. “How do you put something in place from a remedy standpoint that will change the dynamics?”
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No special session on education, Perry says

February 22, 2012

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday firmly rebuffed calls for a special session of the Legislature to deal with education funding and kept his options open to seek another term as governor and to pursue another presidential bid in 2016.

In an interview with the Star-Telegram, Perry also waved off any interest in a vice-presidential nod or being appointed to a post in a Republican administration. “I can’t think of anything that would blast me out of here,” Perry said, “but I could give them some good names” of potential appointees.

Perry reflected on his failed presidential bid, touched briefly on his political future and looked ahead to the 2013 legislative session. The interview in Perry’s second-floor executive office in the state Capitol was one of several the governor conducted Tuesday in his first extensive sit-downs with Texas news media since ending his national campaign Jan. 19.
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Dems, GOP debate school funds

February 22, 2012

San Antonio Express-News
Texas is rebounding from a severe recession with significant job growth, higher-than-expected tax revenues and a rosier forecast that should influence state leaders to resist more public school budget cuts next year, some Democratic lawmakers said Tuesday.

But Republican leaders, mindful of Gov. Rick Perry’s opposition to a special session to address school funding, counter that economic optimism could turn sour.

They prefer to use any budget surpluses to pay for unfunded Medicaid expenses and unexpected costs, such as the $183 million to battle last summer’s wildfires.

Texas has added 440,000 payroll jobs since December 2009, which John Heleman, chief revenue estimator for Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, identified as the recession’s low point during a House Appropriations Committee hearing Tuesday.
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Don’t look for special session on school funding

February 22, 2012

AUSTIN MERICAN-STATESMAN
Texas public schools should not bank on legislators coming back to Austin to restore education funding before next year.

Democrats and teacher groups have been clamoring for Gov. Rick Perry to call a special legislative session before next fall when schools must absorb another $2 billion loss in state aid.

But Perry said Tuesday that Texas is spending plenty on public education.
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Texas House’s top budget writer says good news doesn’t warrant special session to ease school cuts

February 22, 2012

Dallas Morning News Austin Bureau
The state fiscal outlook is better, but the House’s chief budget writer said Tuesday that it’s not so great as to warrant fast action to undo school cuts.

Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, said a nearly $4 billion Medicaid IOU that lawmakers used to help balance the two-year budget they passed in 2012 should be the first priority for the $1.6 billion surplus that forecasters are now projecting.

He said the economic slowdown and currency crises in Europe, together with the recent revival of school-finance lawsuits in Texas, create too much uncertainty for state leaders to rush to ease cuts looming for public schools.
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Special session needed to fix school funding flaws

February 12, 2012

Houston Chronicle
Just back from his failed presidential bid, Gov. Perry has been urged by Senate Finance Chair Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, and by educator groups to call a summer special session of the Texas Legislature to address budget and school finance issues. It’s so bad that even Perry’s own appointee as head of the Texas Education Agency, Robert Scott, just said he can’t certify Texas’ ban on social promotion until the current lack of funding is addressed. Perry should heed these responsible calls to fix the problem.
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Sides dig in for extended education funding fight

February 10, 2012

Amarillo Globe News
One thing Texas legislators learned long ago — and they are seeing it again with the yearlong redistricting battle — is lawsuits against the state can take a long time, even years, to decide.

Four school funding lawsuits filed separately since mid-October — which are expected to be combined before a trial starts — won’t be the exception.
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AISD official to lead Texas School Coalition

February 9, 2012

Austin American-Statesman
Christy Rome, the Austin school district’s government relations director, has taken a new job as head of the Texas School Coalition.
The coalition represents school districts that are considered property wealthy, such as Austin and Eanes, and many of its members have brought one of the four school finance lawsuits filed against the state.

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Lack of funds is harming state’s future

February 7, 2012

San Antonio Express-News Editorial Board
Texas is shortchanging public education. Advocates such as state Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio, have been warning that the Legislature’s underfunding of public schools will have serious consequences on educational attainment, student readiness and the state’s economic prospects.

Texas is also shortchanging its social safety net for the state’s neediest residents. Advocates such as F. Scott McCown, a former state district judge who now heads the Center for Public Policy Priorities, have warned that the state’s tax system is inadequate for providing health care and other vital services to individuals who otherwise could not afford them.

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School suits are about making education a priority

January 30, 2012

The Memorial Examiner
Houston ISD counsel David Thompson was exuding confidence Saturday that Texas school districts will prevail in their four lawsuits challenging state funding — but he warned trustees not to expect relief for another two years.

“I think the cavalry are coming, but we’re still a couple years away,” he told the HISD board at its annual retreat, held Saturday at Horn Elementary School in Bellaire.

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Northwest ISD seeks better funding through lawsuit

January 31, 2012

Fort Worth Star Telegram
JUSTIN — Unless state officials get a delay, litigation challenging the way Texas funds its schools may go to trial in Austin in late October, a state finance expert told Northwest school district residents and staff recently.

That means that State District Judge John Deitz of Austin could issue a ruling before the Legislature convenes in January in four lawsuits that likely will be consolidated, said Dan Casey of Moak, Casey & Associates, considered among the foremost experts in Texas school finance

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Cuts creep into more school programs

January 29, 2012

Dallas Morning News
After a contentious decision to close 11 Dallas ISD schools, administrators and trustees began to map out on Friday how they will help families make the transition to new campuses.

About 2,400 students must relocate to schools beyond their immediate neighborhoods for the 2012-13 school year.

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School suits are about making education a priority

January 29, 2012

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
In 2011, the 82nd legislative session found Texas school districts distinctly united. Initial threats of cutting education by $10 billion and a lingering 2006 broken school finance system created a collective voice behind a single message — Make Education a Priority.

The 83rd legislative session in 2013 will find school districts not only standing together but stepping forward. A majority of districts now support one of four lawsuits challenging the state’s failed school funding system.

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Resolution on school finance may take years

January 29, 2012

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
One thing Texas legislators learned long ago, and they are seeing it again with the yearlong redistricting battle, is lawsuits against the state can take a long time.

Four school funding lawsuits filed separately since mid-October won’t be the exception.
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School administrators to draw attention at conference this week
Midwinter meeting of state group to address finance, lawsuits

January 28, 2012

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
More than 4,000 school superintendents, administrators and members of boards of trustees of more than 1,000 school districts across the state are expected to draw much attention as they meet this week in the midwinter conference in Austin of the Texas Association of School Administrators.

The association is expected to discuss school funding and the lawsuits already filed in an Austin court and growing concerns about the new State of Texas Assessment of Academic Remedies test.
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Kilday Hart: School funding remains inequitable

January 28, 2012

Houston Chronicle
Next fall, a state district court in Austin will once again hear complaints from Texas school districts about the state’s uneven method of financing public schools. But this week, at a meeting at the state Capitol, Rep. Scott Hochberg, D-Houston, boiled down the complicated lawsuit to one easy chart. He asked an attorney for the Texas Education Agency to determine, on the average, how much money school districts in each of the state’s accountability rankings received per student.
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Carroll ISD joins school finance lawsuit

January 24, 2012

Plano Star
Earlier this month, Carroll School Board members voted unanimously to join 80 other public school district in supporting a lawsuit brought against the state of Texas by members of the Texas School Coalition. Represented by the law firm of Haynes and Boone, the districts plan to sue the state for failing to adequately fund public education while accountability standards and expectations have increased and because the current system relies on a state property tax formula that prevents local districts from having the control to generate money for enrichment. To continue reading, click here.

ECISD to weigh state lawsuit options

January 17, 2012

Odessa American
The unequal funding formulas and massive budget cuts across Texas have prompted four separate lawsuits against the state questioning the constitutionality of its funding. Now Ector County board members will decide which, if any, legal team will represent them if they join a suit.
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School funding, lawsuits never seem to end

January 13, 2012

San Antonio Express-News
Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Scott Brister, who cast the only dissenting vote in a decision that threw out the school funding system seven years ago, is fairly sure the state will lose a brand new round of litigation.
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There’s must be fair way to fund schools

January 15, 2012

Quorum Report
The state of Texas is facing multiple lawsuits over school finance as it heads into the New Year.
It’s not as if the litigation was totally unexpected.

School administrators from across the state were in Austin last session begging the Legislature to address the woefully inadequate school finance situation.

Not only did state lawmakers fail to address the problems, they cut $5.3 billion from public education and failed to provide additional funding for the 80,000 new students who are added to the school rolls each year.

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TEA plan hit from 2 sides
Districts want more financial leeway; teachers fear layoffs

January 14, 2012

Dallas Morning News
Texas school boards and teacher groups are attacking proposed state rules that would allow cash-strapped school districts to declare a financial emergency and lay off teachers in the middle of the school year — but for opposite reasons.
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School suits gain backers

December 28, 2011

Denton Record Chronicle
Lake Dallas and Ponder are among the latest school districts in northern Denton County to join lawsuits challenging how the state funds public education.To continue reading, click here.

Top Stories of 2011: Financial woes force layoffs, spur lawsuit

December 28, 2011

Plano Star
Huge state cuts to education funding had ripple effects throughout the state. The cuts meant Plano ISD faced a budget shortfall and adopted a budget that was $35 million less than in 2010-2011, with some of the savings coming from teacher layoffs. To continue reading, click here.

Money woes, state politics, new uses of technology and departing superintendents top education headlines for 2011

December 27, 2011

Dallas Morning News
Education news in North Texas this year was mostly a math word problem involving dollar signs and the state Legislature. The answer turned out to be: About $4 billion. To continue reading, click here.

63 Texas school districts, educating over 1.5 million students, file 4th suit against state

December 23, 2011

Associated Press
A coalition of school districts that educate more than 1.5 million Texas children filed a fourth lawsuit against the state Thursday over school funding, alleging that the current system doesn’t provide schools enough money and distributes it unfairly.
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Largest school finance lawsuit in Texas takes shape

December 23, 2011

Austin American-Statesman
The legal fight over Texas’ school finance system is shaping up to become the largest of its kind in state history.
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Record number of Texas school districts sues state for funding

December 23, 2011

Fort Worth Star Telegram
The bright faces of the 83rd Texas Legislature won’t be elected until November, but already they have troubles.
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Dallas, Fort Worth school districts part of latest school funding lawsuit against state

December 22, 2011

Dallas Morning News
A coalition of urban and suburban school districts – including Dallas and Fort Worth –has joined a long list of Texas districts seeking a court order that the state’s school finance system be changed.
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FOURTH, AND LARGEST, OF FOUR SCHOOL FINANCE LAWSUITS FILED IN AUSTIN THIS MORNING

December 22, 2011

Quorum Report
“Today, 63 public school districts, led by the Fort Bend Independent School District and collectively educating more than 1.5 million Texas children, have filed a lawsuit in Travis County to challenge the constitutionality of the State school finance system.
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Valley schools gain prominence on state lawsuits

December 18, 2011

McAllen Monitor
Rio Grande Valley school districts have gained significant presence on litigation against the state’s school finance system, which many claim unfairly disadvantages children in poor and minority-heavy areas like the Valley.
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Tatum ISD joins property wealthy schools finance suit

December 18, 2011

Longview News Journal
Longview ISD, in January, is to consider joining one of three school finance lawsuits filed against the state, fighting for a reformed public education funding system.
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Legislature continues its pattern of crisis management over public schools

December 16, 2011

Austin American Statesman
It’s unfortunate that Texas public school districts must sue the state to ensure that the Legislature carries out its constitutional duty of efficiently financing public schools. But that is the situation.
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Mineral Wells ISD joins in school finance lawsuit

December 15, 2011

Mineral Wells Index
Mineral Wells ISD joined a growing number of Texas school districts suing the state Monday when the school board unanimously approved a resolution to join the Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition lawsuit against Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott, State Comptroller Susan Combs and the Texas State Board of Education.
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Hays CISD sues for school funding

December 15, 2011

Hays Free Press
Hays CISD will join big-city school districts in a lawsuit that challenges school finance under the Texas constitution, board members decided Monday night.
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Texas School Districts File Third Lawsuit Against State Over School Funding

December 15, 2011

HuffingtonPost.com
A third group of Texas schools filed suit against the state Tuesday over education funding, alleging that the system of financing public education is inadequate and unfair to low-income and English-learning students. One more lawsuit against the state is expected from another portion of Texas’ more than 1,100 school districts.
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Schools combine on lawsuit

December 15, 2011

Odessa American
Ector County Independent School District’s Board of Trustees might soon join a lawsuit against the state’s school finance system in the midst of two new lawsuits being filed against the state of Texas.
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Keller ISD joins lawsuit challenging education funding

December 13, 2011

Fort Worth Star Telegram
Keller school board members voted unanimously last week to join one of the lawsuits challenging the state education funding formula.
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Group of Texas schools sue state to get more funds

December 13, 2011

Mineral Wells Index
Palo Pinto ISD is among Texas school districts represented in a six-plaintiff lawsuit filed Friday by members of the Texas School Coalition, made up of revenue-contributing school districts, challenging the constitutionality of the Texas school finance system.To continue reading, click here.


School districts file suit against state

December 13, 2011

Lewisville Leader
The Texas Schools Coalition is made up of revenue-sharing districts, including plaintiff school districts Lewisville ISD and Frisco ISD. The other plaintiffs are Calhoun County ISD, Abernathy ISD, Aransas County ISD and Richardson ISD.
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Galveston, TC join others in state lawsuit

December 10, 2011

The Galveston Daily News
“The future of funding public education in the state of Texas remains a concern for school districts across the state,” said Liz Payne, a co-interim superintendent for Texas City school district and the assistant superintendent of business and operations.
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Group of Texas schools sue state to get more funds

December 10, 2011

Reuters
Six so-called property wealthy school districts in Texas on Friday sued the state to get more funding, arguing that the state had failed to adequately finance them, the schools’ attorney said on Friday.
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Texas school districts sue state, call funding system unconstitutional

December 10, 2011

Fort Worth Star Telegram
A coalition of about 60 property-wealthy Texas school districts sued the state Friday, saying its system of paying for public education is inadequate and unconstitutional.
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More school districts jump into school funding lawsuit fray

December 10, 2011

Houston Chronicle
A coalition of property wealthy school districts jumped into the school funding fray Friday, filing a separate lawsuit against the state claiming the system has created another illegal statewide property tax and does not provide children with adequate funding.
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Wealthy school districts file lawsuit

December 10, 2011

Associated Press
– A coalition of about 60 property-wealthy Texas school districts filed a lawsuit against the state Friday, alleging that its system of paying for public education is inadequate and unconstitutional.
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2 more school districts join funding lawsuits

December 10, 2011

Amarillo Globe-News
Members of the Texas School Coalition on Friday filed a school-finance lawsuit against the state. To continue reading, click here.

Well-heeled districts file financing lawsuit

December 10, 2011

San Antonio Express-News
A coalition of property-wealthy school districts jumped into the funding fray Friday, filing a separate lawsuit claiming the current system has created an illegal statewide property tax and does not provide children with adequate funding.
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2nd school fund suit filed

December 10, 2011

Dallas Morning News
Another lawsuit from school districts challenged the state’s school funding system Friday, with 60 higher-wealth districts — now contributing more than $1 billion a year in “Robin Hood” payments — arguing that the Legislature has failed to adequately fund public education. To continue reading, click here.

Second school finance lawsuit filed against state

December 10, 2011

Fort Austin American Statesman

The Eanes and Wimberley school districts are among the latest Texas districts to challenge the state’s school finance system in court. To continue reading,

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GCISD joins funding lawsuit against the state

November 28, 2011

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Grapevine-Colleyville school district will join hundreds of Texas school districts in suing the state over education funding.

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Alamo Heights ISD joins school-financing suit

November 19, 2011

San Antonio Express-News
Alamo Heights Independent School District trustees decided Thursday night to join the Texas School Coalition in a school finance lawsuit against the state.
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GISD joins lawsuit against the state

November 21, 2011

The Daily News – Galveston
GALVESTON — The Galveston Independent School District is joining other school districts in Texas in a lawsuit against the state over public education funds. To continue reading, click here.

2 more school districts join funding lawsuits

November 21, 2011

Amarillo Globe-News
The Amarillo Independent School District board of trustees voted unanimously Monday to join districts from across the state in a lawsuit to force the state to change the current school funding system. To continue reading, click here.

Bryan schools join funding lawsuit against state

November 21, 2011

The Eagle – Bryan-College Station
The Bryan school board on Monday unanimously agreed to spend about $17,000 to join a public school funding lawsuit against Texas.

Superintendent Thomas Wallis said the state is in the midst of a crisis when it comes to school finance. During the past legislative session, Wallis said, the school district encouraged residents to voice displeasure with the inequity of school funding in hopes of influencing the legislators to make a change. To continue reading, click here.

SAISD looks over map, votes to join state suit

November 11, 2011

San Angelo Standard-Times
SAN ANGELO, Texas — San Angelo ISD trustees weighed a possible final version of a Single Member District redistricting map they received Monday that accommodates growth in The Bluffs neighborhood and other changes to the city’s population since the 2000 Census. To continue reading, click here.

Dallas ISD joins districts that plan to sue state over school funding system

November 21, 2011

Dallas Morning News
Dallas ISD trustees have approved to join a coalition of 40-plus school districts that plan to sue the state over its school funding system. To continue reading, click here.

School district aligns with coalition lawsuit against state finance system
November 17, 2011
Andrews County News

The school board last week approved contributing funds to a litigation effort against the state’s public education finance system by a group representing property wealthy districts. To continue reading, click here.

College Station district to join school finance suit

November 16, 2011

The Eagle – Bryan-College Station
The College Station school board on Tuesday decided to join litigation against the state in hopes of changing the school finance system. To continue reading, click here.

LISD joins in litigation against state

November 16, 2011

The Colony Courier-Leader
Monday, the board approved a resolution to use the law firm Haynes and Boone in a legal battle against the state. Haynes and Boone is representing the Texas School Coalition, a group that represents approximately 120 districts across the state. Most of its members are property-wealthy Chapter 41 districts. To continue reading, click here.

Schools sue state over funding

AUSTIN — Texas school districts and parents are once again asking the courts for help to get more equitable funding for public schools.

Student Fairness Coalition claims the state’s public school finance system is unconstitutional because it doesn’t treat Texas taxpayers and school children fairly. To continue reading, click here

Several Coastal Bend districts join filed school finance lawsuit, consider other efforts

CORPUS CHRISTI — A lawsuit against the state accusing the current school finance system as unconstitutional was filed in a Travis County district court, with several Coastal Bend school districts supporting it. To continue reading, click here

S.A. lawmaker responds to Texas public school funding lawsuit

SAN ANTONIO — The Texas Taxpayer & Student Fairness Coalition say 180 school districts have joined them in a lawsuit against the Texas State Board of Education.

The coalitions said it’s fighting for a new school finance system that treats all students fairly. Area lawmakers responded to the suit on Tuesday, including state Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio.
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School Districts File Suit Against the State

Andrews, TX – A group of more than 150 school districts are taking action against the state saying the school funding system is unconstitutional.

The lawsuit was filed Monday by the Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition with the Equity Center out of Austin. To continue reading, click here

Texas school districts set to battle state in court over funding

When hundreds of school districts take the state of Texas back to court this fall over education funding, they will raise a simple question:

Why should one district have a thousand dollars more to spend per student than a neighboring district when residents of both pay the same property tax rate? To continue reading, click here