Mark Trachtenberg in The Wall Street Journal: Schools Sue States for More Money

01/09/2012

AUSTIN, Texas—School districts and their supporters around the country have launched a wave of lawsuits asking courts to order more spending on public education, contending they face new pressures as states cut billions of dollars of funding while adding more-rigorous educational standards...

In Texas, where schools have won multiple funding rulings in recent decades, attorneys for school districts say the economic downturn is no excuse for providing too little money to schools.

"The Texas constitution imposes an affirmative obligation to provide adequate financial resources for education, whatever the economic cycle," said Mark Trachtenberg, a Houston attorney who represents more than 70 school districts that have sued the state.

Excerpt from The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 7, 2012. To view the full article, click here (subscription required).

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