The highly anticipated school finance ruling was released today, with Judge John Dietz determining that the state’s school finance system is unconstitutional.
The lawsuit stemmed from the 2011 cuts of $5.4 billion from the state education fund. After more than 600 school districts in Texas filed suit to challenge these cuts to education funds, the Texas Legislature restored $3.4 billion in 2013.
Today, Judge Dietz ruled that despite attempts by legislators to restore funds, the school finance system is flawed because of unequal distribution of funding to school districts and the imposed de facto state property tax. For more information about the trial, click here. To read Judge Dietz’s full ruling, click here.
In response to Dietz’s ruling, Raise Your Hand Texas CEO David Anthony issued the following statement:
“Quality education is the foundation of the Texas economy and the prosperity of our citizens. Texas public schools educate more than 90 percent of all students and are the best tool we have to create the most opportunity for everyone. Schools continue to suffer from the devastating funding cuts in 2011 that were partially restored in 2013. Raise Your Hand Texas supports restoration of all the funds, fully funding public schools and future student enrollment growth, and giving campus leaders the resources they need to innovate and deliver the highest quality education to all students.”
— Dr. David Anthony, CEO – Raise Your Hand Texas