Texas Democrats on School Finance Trial Decision
Today, State District Judge John Dietz handed down his decision in the case challenging the Texas school finance system. [Houston Chronicle, 8/28/2014]
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement:
“For years, Texas Republicans have congratulated themselves for cutting over $5 billion from our neighborhood schools and firing 11,000 teachers. Today, Texas students, parents, educators and more than 600 independent school districts that represent them in court, won. It is time to fund our students’ education and neighborhood schools, no excuses.
“Republicans like Sens. Dan Patrick and Glenn Hegar have touted their education cuts as a victory, and Attorney General Greg Abbott defended those cuts in court. The decision today is clear: these cuts were bad for Texas students and our state.
“Classes have started this school year, and our students should not have to wait for another lengthy court appeal to force Republican politicians in Austin to do the right thing. There should be no compromise on the quality of our students’ education and securing a strong, educated workforce for Texas’ future.”