School Finance

Ryan E. Poppe

Governor Greg Abbott wants the Texas Supreme Court to send the state’s school finance lawsuit back to the lower court. 


After 3o years of fighting over public school funding, Texas schools still continue to fall behind, ranking at 38th out of 50 this year for per pupil spending. Though a judge has declared the funding model in the most recent case unconstitutional years ago, changes are not yet in students' futures. 

Ryan E. Poppe

Attorneys for 600 Texas school districts and the state’s solicitor general on Tuesday made their legal arguments for and against a lower court’s decision that schools are not adequately funded.  Now it is up to the Texas Supreme Court to decide whether the school finance system provides all students the same access to a quality education.

The lawsuit was filed in 2011 after the Legislature cut $5.4 billion dollars from public education while also raising education standards that same year.

A state district judge declared the school finance system unconstitutional.

State Asks Supreme Court to Drop School Finance Lawsuit

Sep 1, 2015
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“Money isn’t pixie dust” when it comes to improving public schools, lawyers for the state of Texas told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday, arguing an appeal in what has been described as the most far-reaching school finance case in state history. They urged the high court to either dismiss or remand the lawsuit brought four years ago by nearly two-thirds of the state's school districts.

The system Texas uses to pay for public schools was back in court today, and lawyers on both sides argued over whether the system is constitutional. It's an argument that's been going on for more than thirty years.

This particular case started in 2011, when the state legislature cut more than $5 billion from public education. Two-thirds of Texas school districts sued the state, arguing the cuts made it impossible to meet state academic standards. They won in a lower court. But today, the case was argued in the state Supreme Court.