Mark Trachtenberg in The Texas Observer: Texas' starving school districts lawyer up for (another) epic battle for survival


All is not well in Texas schools. After billions in cuts and tens of thousands of teachers laid off, students now cram into overcrowded classrooms across the state... 

It’s always messy asking courts to rule that there isn’t enough money in the school system, because the constitution doesn’t define “enough.” Alamo Heights, Highland Park and other rich districts—60 of them so far—have taken up with the Dallas-based mega-firm Haynes and Boone to argue that the state has required them to do far more than it’s paid them to do.

“The cuts that the Legislature made to the public education system in the last session are pretty unprecedented,” says Mark Trachtenberg, one of the attorneys handling the case...

“We have more in common than we have things that divide us,” Trachtenberg says, referring to relatively richer and poorer districts. “There’s a strong belief among the attorneys and among the groups that we stand our best chance on prevailing on our claims if we stand and make those claims together.”

Excerpt from The Texas Observer, Feb. 2, 2012. To view the full article, click here.


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