State’s turn in school finance dispute
It’s up to school districts to spend their money wisely, state contends.
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