School Finance

"This is an intolerable situation," Sen. Lamar Alexander said last week in a heated speech on the Senate floor.

The Tennessee Republican is chairman of the Senate's education committee, and he is furious with the Education Department. He even gave states some remarkable advice:

"If the regulations are not consistent with the law, I don't believe [states] should follow them," he said. "If the department persists, then the state should go to court to sue the department."

The Texas Supreme Court just doesn't want to get involved in how the state pays for its public schools. That was the signal the nine justices sent Friday when they unanimously ruled the state school funding system, which historically has been one of the country's most controversial, constitutional.

Houston ISD

The Texas Supreme Court says the public school finance system is broken but it's not un-constitutional.The state's GOP leader's hailed Friday's decision as a victory for tax payers but what about the school children?  The court's decision represents a departure from past school financing decisions.  What are the implications? Does this mean that the courts are no longer interested in taking on school finance issues for Texas schools? Guests

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State GOP leaders are applauding a unanimous Texas Supreme Court ruling that described the state’s school finance system as “flawed” but constitutional.  Many of the 600-plus school districts that sued to gain greater education funding said they’re stunned and disappointed. 

Texas Supreme Court Upholds School Funding System

May 13, 2016
Houston ISD

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday issued a ruling upholding the state’s public school funding system as constitutional, while asserting it could be better. 

“Our Byzantine school funding ‘system’ is undeniably imperfect, with immense room for improvement. But it satisfies minimum constitutional requirements,” Justice Don Willett wrote in the court’s 100-page opinion, which asserted that the court’s “lenient standard of review in this policy-laden area counsels modesty.”

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