The Texas Supreme Court on Friday found the state’s latest attempt to fix the way it funds public schools constitutional, dealing a blow to hundreds of school districts that had hoped the court would pressure the Legislature into make further changes.
Although high court declined to force lawmakers into action, it urged the Legislature to proactively revisit state’s education laws on its own.
“Our Byzantine school funding ‘system’ is undeniably imperfect, with immense room for improvement. But it satisfies minimum constitutional requirements,” read the ruling that affirmed in part and reversed in part the trial court’s initial ruling.
“Accordingly, we decline to usurp legislative authority by issuing reform diktats from on high, supplanting lawmakers’ policy wisdom with our own,” read the opinion.
Plaintiffs in the case had been optimistic the ruling would go the other way.
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