Schools chief pans fund­ing sys­tem

Charles Dupre tes­ti­fies in on­go­ing school fi­nance trial.

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Sfund­ing that state law­mak­ers cut.

“We be­lieve that our tax­pay­ers are paying their fair share. The sys­tem is bro­ken. We shouldn’t put more on the back of our tax­pay­ers when the state is not do­ing their job to put enough into the sys­tem or dis­tribut­ing it in an eq­ui­table man­ner,” Dupre said.

On Wed­nes­day, Dupre was cross-ex­am­ined by lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the state and then fielded ques­tions from state District Judge John Di­etz, who is pre­sid­ing over the case.

Di­etz pointed out that school dis­tricts have man­aged to get by over the past two years even though they had fewer re­sources af­ter the Leg­is­la­ture cut $5.4 bil­lion from the 2012-13 ed­u­ca­tion bud­get.

“How do I know you can’t do that again? How do I know you don’t have a lit­tle bit more you can do?” Di­etz asked.

Dupre re­sponded, “We can get by if just get­ting by is ac­cept­able. In our district that is not enough. … We want to help stu­dents master the cur­ricu­lum, not just get by.”

The trial, which be­gan in late Oc­to­ber, will con­tinue into Jan­uary.

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