Texas school districts ask for end to school funding system

AUSTIN, Texas - Lawyers representing 600 Texas school districts, including many in the Big Country, argued Tuesday in Austin that even though the state began giving some of the money it cut back to Texas schools the school finance system is still unconstitutional.

Judge John Dietz declared the current school finance system unconstitutional about a year ago.

Lawyers for the districts claim that when the Texas legislature tackled changing the school funding system, lawmakers simply tinkered around the edges and didn't implement a real structural change the financing system.

"We haven't done any of the analysis on what does it take to get a struggling child, what does it take to get a kid who comes to school with deficits up to the standards that we expect as a state for all children" said David Thompson, an attorney representing multiple school districts around the state.

The state continues to make the case that the current system is constitutional.

The trial could take weeks to complete.

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