Texas schools sue state over $4B in education cuts

Texas schools sue state over $4B in education cuts

POSTED: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 9:58am

UPDATED: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 2:02pm

Seven Texas school districts have filed the first lawsuit against the state since lawmakers slashed $4 billion in public school funding over the summer.

A coalition representing at least 150 school districts announced Tuesday that the lawsuit had been filed in Travis County. It asks the court to declare that the state's school finance system violates the Texas Constitution.

The lawsuit has been brewing for months. Facing a $27 billion state budget shortfall, the Republican-controlled Legislature in June approved the first decrease in per-student spending in Texas since World War II.

The school districts selected to file the suit were Van, Hillsboro, Hutto, Nacogdoches, Pflugerville, San Antonio, Taylor and Van.

Among the defendants named in the suit is Texas Education Agency Commissioner Robert Scott.

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The modern world is based on public education. Without it, we return to the mid-1800s.

Folks, "serfdom" is probably one of those who has the ability (money) to send his children to a private church-related school to keep them out of public school...NOT spending money on public education, especially in areas that are not as affluent as his, suggests that those children will not have the books, lab equipment, arts and performance opportunities, etc., that "serfdom's" children are privileged to have available. "serfdom" doesn't care about your kids...just don't touch his $!

So, a group unable to get their desires enacted by the legislature decides to change the decision of the representatives of the people, duly elected, chooses to go to court to overturn the wishes of the majority. The Spending per pupil does not guarantee educational success, otherwise those school districts in the US that spend the most would be the most successful, like Detroit and DC. Using the courts to overturn the elected legislature is not a republic, it is an oligarchy.

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