Mark Trachtenberg in the Wall Street Journal: Texas School-Funding Trial Begins


Opening statements began Tuesday in a trial over whether Texas is adequately funding public schools, one of several cases in the U.S. challenging state spending on education.

About 600 school districts, responsible for educating about three-fourths of the state's roughly five million K-12 public-school students, filed suit in state court in 2011 after the Texas legislature cut more than $5 billion from the state's education budget, citing fiscal pressures...

Mark Trachtenberg, a Houston attorney who represents some of the school districts in the Texas suit, said in his opening argument Tuesday that the recent spending increase by the state was only "a modest step in the right direction."

Even factoring in the added money, he said, average per-student spending in Texas has dropped over the past decade, although the percentage of economically disadvantaged students has increased and the state has also raised its educational demands, requiring schools to graduate college-ready or career-ready students.

Excerpted from the Wall Street Journal, January 23, 2014. To view full article, click here (subscription required). 

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