Texas Supreme Court

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.

 

Ryan E. Poppe

 

On Wednesday, a lawyer for an Austin-based couple, Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, filed a petition with Travis County District Judge David Wahlberg, asking that he restrain the Travis County Clerk’s Office from implementing current state law with regard to same-sex marriage in their case.

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AUSTIN — Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, in his first State of the Judiciary address Wednesday, asked lawmakers to approve legal funding for military veterans. He also said that laws making it a criminal offense to skip school are not working and need to be reformed.

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