School Finance

Bathroom Pass

Jun 22, 2016 By Dave Mann

Too many Texas schools are failing, yet our elected officials would rather discuss who’s using which toilet.

Weekend Wobbles

Sep 2, 2014 By Erica Grieder

Two court rulings and a debate over a debate add up to a couple of headaches for Abbott. 

Another Round of School Finance

Sep 2, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

It is all but certain that Attorney General Greg Abbott will appeal Judge Dietz’s school finance ruling. It’s classic Abbott. He has to win, even if he realizes that he is going to lose.But the Legislature’s treatment of the schools during the 2011 session all but guarantees a loss for Abbott.

The Lesson of School Finance

Apr 4, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

The ongoing lawsuit regarding the state’s public school system is expected to come to a head in May, when Travis County district judge John Dietz could issue his ruling. The question is whether Texas’s funding of public schools is inadequate, and, therefore, violates the Texas constitution’s imprimatur in Article VII…

Remember the School Finance Case?

May 6, 2013 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

In February, Judge John Dietz ruled that the state's current school finance system was unconstitutional. However, the legislature's restoration of some of last session's deep cuts to schools during the 83rd legislative session could be a game changer for the lawsuit.

Class Warfare

Mar 1, 2012 By Paul Burka

Since 1984, the State of Texas has battled one school finance lawsuit after another. In nearly every case, the system has been ruled unequal, unfair, and unconstitutional—yet it remains largely unchanged. Will this time be any different?

Will conservatives jump into the school finance fight?

Jan 31, 2012 By Paul Burka

I was talking to an attorney for the plaintiffs in the upcoming Supreme Court case, when he said that conservatives may intervene in the school finance lawsuit. Their contention, the attorney said, is that an efficient system could be achieved with school choice and vouchers. A school finance lobbyist told…

School finance deal reached: part Eissler, part Shapiro

May 27, 2011 By Paul Burka

This is an exact quote from the working paper of a senior adviser to Straus: Option 1 Year 1–50% reduction from target revenue & 50% reduction from regular program Year 2–50% reduction from target revenue & 50% reduction from regular program Provisions sunset 8/31/2-13 Interim Committee to study school finance…

Night of the Living Ed

Apr 30, 2011 By Nate Blakeslee and Jake Silverstein

With public education facing an estimated $7 billion in cuts, the question on everyone’s mind is, Are Texas schools doomed? So we assembled a group of dinner guests (a superintendent, advocates on both sides, an education union rep, and the commissioner of the Texas Education Agency) to find out. Check, please?

Talkin’ About an Education

Apr 30, 2011 By Jake Silverstein

The U.S. Constitution says nothing about public education, but all the state constitutions have clauses addressing it, and reading through them is a mildly inspiring way to spend half an hour. Arkansas: “Intelligence and virtue being the safeguards of liberty and the bulwark of a free and good government, the…