State’s turn in school fi­nance dis­pute

It’s up to school dis­tricts to spend their money wisely, state con­tends.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Kate Alexan­der kalexan­der@states­man.com Ed­u­ca­tion

At the core of the state’s ar­gu­ments in an on­go­ing school flnance trial is that the school dis­tricts, not the Leg­is­la­ture, bear re­spon­si­bil­ity for en­sur­ing stu­dents re­ceive the “gen­eral dif­fu­sion of knowl­edge” called for in the Texas Con­sti­tu­tion.

For the past seven weeks, lawyers rep­re­sent­ing hun­dreds of Texas school dis­tricts have laid out a case dur­ing the trial that the Leg­is­la­ture has failed to live up to its con­sti­tu­tional obli­ga­tions to the state’s 5 mil­lion pub­lic school stu­dents.

Be­gin­ning Thurs­day, the state’s lawyers will launch their of­fen­sive in the three-month trial that has the po­ten­tial to re­shape pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion in Texas. They need not prove the sys­tem is con­sti­tu­tional — only that the school dis­tricts’ have failed to prove that it isn’t.

Lawyers ar­gu­ing the case for the state were not avail­able to com­ment, said Jerry

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