School District Funding

By: Amanda Brown

Updated: 2/06/2013 8:44 am

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School District Funding

The Calhoun County school district is reacting to a lawsuit that could soon have state lawmakers reworking how to pay for public schools.

Calhoun County was one of 600 Texas school districts suing the state over its funding formula. Yesterday a judge ruled the current system was unconstitutional.  On Monday district judge John Dietz ruled in favor of over 600 school districts saying Texas' current system to fund public schools violates the state's constitution by not providing enough money to school districts. Calhoun County superintendent Billy Wiggins said his district had to cut 50 positions and close a school because of a lack of funds. The judge also ruled that the system failed to distribute money fairly among the districts. Wiggins added they still have a long way to go but feel they are one step closer to making the schools better in Texas. Wiggins stated that the attorney general's office is expected to appeal the case to the Texas Supreme Court.
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