Things have been so busy around here that I have been pretty remiss at reporting current events of interest to Texas families, but this was a big one.
On August 28th State District Judge John Dietz ruled that Texas' school financing system is unconstitutional because it does not provide adequate funding for public education in Texas or distribute the funding fairly to all Texas schoolchildren.
This case had its roots in the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature's decision to cut $5.4 billion from public education in 2011, prompting more than 600 school districts to sue the state because they no longer had adequate funding to meet the educational needs of an ever-growing Texas population of schoolchildren. Greg Abbott will doubtless appeal - maybe already has appealed; I have been busy - this ruling to the Texas Supreme Court. If the Court upholds Judge Dietz' decision (as it should, according to the Texas Constitution), then the Lege will have to overhaul the way we fund public education in Texas. I rather doubt the appeals process will be over before the 2015 Session is, though.
It may take awhile, but if we can defeat Greg Abbott and his cronies, there is hope for public education in Texas!