Texas Supreme Court

By Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

A large number of Texans — mostly middle class — fall into a "justice gap" where they aren't poor enough to receive free legal aid provided to indigents but can't afford basic legal services on their own, according to Nathan Hecht, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court.

But how many remains unknown, making the issue hard to address.

“These are not the very poor, these are people who are more middle income folks — and how many of them are there? It’s very difficult to tell,” Hecht said Monday. “By any estimate, it’s a large number.”

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In 2007, the El Paso Independent School District accused Laura and Michael McIntyre of failing to teach their nine children reading, writing and math.

 

District officials said an uncle reported the parents weren’t teaching the subjects because they were waiting “to be raptured”- waiting to be transported to heaven when Jesus reappears on earth.  

 

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.

Ryan E. Poppe

 

Despite an emergency stay on same-sex marriage granted by the Texas Supreme Court, following the issuance of a marriage license to Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant on Thursday, the University of Texas School of Law’s Alex Albright said the stay, requested by Attorney General Ken Paxton only addressed a temporary restraining order of Texas’ ban on gay marriage, not the marriage itself.

 

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