The Legislature has been talking big in the Capitol about the state’s high expectations, while refusing to give schools the resources needed to meet those standards. In his school finance ruling last week, Judge John Dietz writes that the state had better put its money where its mouth is.
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Judge John Dietz rules Texas’ school finance system is unconstitutional, closing a years-long trial and sending the case on to the Texas Supreme Court.
Latino groups are uniting around a policy agenda for the next Lege session, backed by a survey that shows school finance and teacher preparation are the community’s biggest needs.
Even with some of the damage from 2011 undone, the long-term trend is that we’re spending less on each young Texan’s education.
Sudden pressure from Gov. Rick Perry has put budget negotiations on the rocks as lawmakers argue over $700 million for schools.
There’s a dirty little secret hidden in the Senate’s budget celebration: when you account for inflation and Texas’ growing enrollment, the Senate’s budget would actually leave schools with less money per student than they get today.
Photos from the Save Texas Schools Rally at the State Capitol, a demonstration for more funding and less testing in Texas’ public schools.
As House Democrats made their play for more school funding Monday afternoon, an unlikely ally of sorts roamed the chamber among them: State Rep. David Simpson.
Dietz was sympathetic to the central argument raised by school districts in varying forms: that lawmakers had raised standards for Texas schools—specifically by rolling out the new, tougher STAAR test—just when they were cutting funding from public education. “We either want increased standards, and are willing to pay the price, or we don’t,” Dietz said today.
Lt. Gov. Dewhurst told the Observer he’s concerned that if legislators aren’t careful, the state’s budget surplus will quickly run out. “My advice to people is don’t get greedy.”