State District Judge John Dietz today issued a final judgment holding the state’s school finance system unconstitutional on several grounds, and an exhaustive set of findings of fact and conclusions of law articulating the rationale for his ruling. All the school district plaintiff groups succeeded on their claims. Judge Dietz held that the Calhoun […]
AUSTIN, Texas – Today, District Judge David Peeples of the Fourth Administrative Judicial Region in Bexar County, denied a motion filed by the State of Texas seeking the recusal of State District Judge John Dietz in the pending school finance case. Judge Peeples rejected the State’s claim that certain communications between Judge Dietz and plaintiffs’ […]
For a PDF of the Release, click here. AUSTIN, Texas –State District Judge John Dietz heard closing arguments today at the conclusion of a three-week evidentiary hearing, which focused on whether the actions of the 83rd Legislature impacted his prior ruling that the school finance system was unconstitutional. Just over a year ago, Judge Dietz […]
The Texas School Coalition announced today that from 1994 through 2013, Chapter 41 school districts have contributed almost $16 billion in Robin Hood recapture. This amount mirrors the $16 billion contribution to the Foundation School Fund announced by the Texas Lottery earlier this week.
AUSTIN, Texas – State District Judge John Dietz ruled today that the Texas school finance system is unconstitutional by ruling in favor of the Calhoun County ISD plaintiffs on both of their claims. The Calhoun County ISD plaintiffs consist of a group of 89 school districts (many of them Texas School Coalition members) represented by Mark Trachtenberg and John Turner, attorneys with Haynes and Boone, LLP.
Judge Dietz held that the school finance system has evolved into an unconstitutional state property tax and that the system fails to provide the plaintiff districts access to funding sufficient to provide a constitutionally adequate education.
Mark Trachtenberg and John Turner, attorneys with Haynes and Boone, LLP, represent 88 school districts in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state school finance system. They issued the following statements today after the trial of the lawsuit began: “Today, in opening arguments, we were pleased to present our two primary claims to the […]
Click to view full September 24 TXSC Press Release The Texas School Coalition (TXSC) submitted written testimony to a Joint Interim Committee that the Robin Hood system is expected to require districts to contribute more than $1 billion for the tenth year in a row, as the number of Robin Hood districts reaches a record […]
September 10 TXSC Press Release Robin Hood strikes 23 new school districts, 374 Texas districts New data from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) shows a record number of school districts are now considered property wealthy under Chapter 41 of the Texas Education Code. A total of 374 school districts are subject to the recapture provisions […]
Mark Trachtenberg, an attorney with Haynes and Boone, LLP, which represents 86 school districts (many of them Texas School Coalition members) in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state school finance system, issued the following statement today after state district Judge John Dietz set an October 22, 2012, trial date for the school finance […]
Claiming the current school funding system violates provisions of the Texas Constitution, the Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD) Board of Trustees will join more than 80 other property-wealthy districts in litigation against the state. The unanimous vote occurred during a regular meeting of the Board held February 23 at the District’s Educational Development Center. […]