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Ruling on state finance lawsuit

By ROBERT WESTBROOK
Superintendent, Milano ISD

The Honorable John Dietz’s ruling in the Texas Taxpayer & Student Fairness Coalition et al. vs. Michael Scott, Texas Education Agency, et al. school finance case was issued in the following order.

The Texas school finance system is:

1. Inequitable and inefficient;

2. Inadequate and unsuitable;

3. Statewide de facto property tax.

This is a huge victory and the Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition won on all major contingents of their case. It is anticipated the State will appeal the decision and the case ultimately be decided by the state supreme court.

In the meantime, what will happen with school finance? The powers that be seem to be of the mindset to do nothing. They are intent on letting the State Supreme Court make its ruling before taking action to remedy the flawed funding system.

This ruling could be another one to two years away and children of Texas are the ones who will suffer educationally as a result of our Governor and Legislature’s unwillingness to do what is in the best interest of our children and our state. They need to stop the political posturing and become true “statesmen”who are committed on doing what is best for our children and our state.

In State Senator Carlos Uresti’s Session Watch column he contends the Legislature should not wait for a future Supreme Court ruling before addressing the current needs of public education. He notes the revenue is there to restore funds that were cut in the last session and to pay for student growth over the next two years, so the time to act is now.

With our children’s future at stake, public education policy must not be based on delay. We don’t tell our kids to wait; we tell them to seize the moment. That’s what the Legislature needs to do.

Please consider contacting our state senator and state representative and let your voice be heard.

Sen. Dr. Charles Schwertner
Capitol Office: EXT E1.608
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0105
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 12068,
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711

Rep. Marsha Farney
Capitol Office: EXT E1.310
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0309
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768

rwestbrook@milanoisd.net


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