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Texas teacher trade associations are calling on state lawmakers to begin drafting a budget that addresses yesterday's decision in the school finance trial. But one state business group has a different stance.

Travis County District Judge John Dietz ruled the school finance system was unconstitutional, saying it leaves schools in lower income areas at a disadvantage and "cannot provide a constitutionally adequate education for all Texas schoolchildren."

As Texas students head back to school they are also heading back for another year of high-stakes standardized testing.

The number of required tests are being rolled back, but the school year is still driven by the tests.

And many have reached the conclusion that the testing system is broken.

Once again the Texas Education Agency has declined to raise the standards for the tests, and that's being seen as an admission of failure for the whole testing scheme.

What do you want to see happen with standardized testing?

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Update (4:05 p.m.): In his final decision, Travis County District Judge John Dietz said that the property tax system set up to fund school districts was ineffective at distributing funding equally to campuses across the state. 

Attorney David Thompson represents the largest number of schools in the lawsuit.

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State lawmakers took issue with the Texas Education Agency’s plan to keep the standard for writing component of the Texas STAARS exam at a lower level for a third year in a row. Lawmakers voiced concerns with keeping the lower standard and changing the exam while student performance  remains flat.

The state introduced the STAAR exams in 2011 and because of failing test grades the legislature reduced the number of exams from 15 to five in 2013.  

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, said the STAAR exam may have run its course. 

 

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Last year Texas tested 2,633 high school athletes for anabolic steroids at a cost of $500,000. It found zero positive tests.

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