Ruling Expected Thursday In Texas School Finance Case
Updated: Thursday, August 28 2014, 07:48 AM CDT
More money for Texas schools could soon be a reality. On Thursday, a judge is expected to make a final ruling in the state's school finance trial.
The judge has already said verbally that the way Texas funds schools is unconstitutional, not only that there's not enough money, but that's it's given out unfairly between schools in property wealthy districts like Austin ISD and poorer districts.
However, the case isn't resolved until a written ruling is filed, and that's what the judge's staff says they expect to happen Thursday. Either way, the judge's ruling is expected to be appealed to the Texas Supreme Court. If they uphold the ruling, lawmakers will have to come up with a new way to pay for these schools.
Thursday's expected decision is three years in the making. It all started when lawmakers cut $5.4 billion from education in 2011. That led to more than 600 districts including Austin's to sue. Lawmakers have since restored about $3.4 million to education.