There seems to be no end in store for the Texas state school funding system. The Texas Supreme Court has been called into action to hear the arguments from both sides to decide on the school finance. More than 600 school districts are awaiting the reply from the Texas Supreme Court. The case will be taken up for argument on Tuesday, 1 September.
The high court will be once again taking up a decision on whether the present school funding system practiced in Texas is not sufficient and is unfair. This will be the seventh time that the Texas Supreme Court has been called into action to settle a legal issue on how Texas funds the educational needs of millions of school children in the state.
Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas, is of the opinion that the courts are not the right forum to make decisions on the education policy of the Texas State. He has raised an issue of reversing the judgment made by the retired district Judge of Texas, John Dietz of Travis County. He argues that Judges should not be allowed to take second guesses on the educational decisions made by the legislature.
The Governor, who is a Republican, said that the legislature has taken a decision to increase the public school funding substantially this year. The claimant school districts are not game for the small one percent a year increase that they have received for the past five years.
These small hikes have also come into practice after the intervention of the lawmaker’s ratified record cuts in funding in 2011. This was done in order to make up for the huge shortfall in the revenue for the Texas State without increasing the taxes that people have to pay.
The Texas State is all set to spend $54 billion on education in its two year budget that will start from Tuesday. Also, there will be billions added to this through the taxes collected from local people. The writ filed in the Supreme Court by David Thompson, attorney for the Dallas and Fort Worth school districts and the other 82 school districts, has said that the funding for schools is inadequate with school property tax rates. The academic standards that the legislature wants cannot be met by the present funds.
The petitioner school districts feel that their case is strengthened after the House leaders took an effort to fix the right school funding system before it hits the high court. The Texas state currently ranks in the 38th position of the National Education Association for the 2014-15 school year.