The school finance trial is now officially underway.

In his opening statement, Mark Trachtenberg repeated the words Judge Dietz stated at the end of the previous school finance trial: “Education costs money, but ignorance costs more money. Money invested in education benefits first the children of Texas, or in other words, our future.”

Mark’s presentation has been uploaded to our website for all to view and can be found on our litigation resource page or via this link.

While there are different perspectives represented on the efficiency claims brought by some groups, all of the attorneys representing the four school district plaintiff groups were united around asserting that the school finance system does not provide the resources necessary for schools to produce college and career-ready graduates according to state standards.

Court will be in session beginning at 9:00 a.m. every Monday-Thursday through the end of the trial.  There will be breaks for Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, and a two-week winter break.

The first witness to testify will be former state demographer Dr. Steve Murdock, beginning Tuesday morning.  Following Dr. Murdock, several superintendents will testify, beginning with Guy Sconzo of Humble ISD and including Kay Waggoner of Richardson ISD.

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