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February 6, 2013

School districts await ruling’s impact

Superintendents weigh in on judge’s decision in school finance lawsuit

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The state is expected to appeal Monday’s ruling to the Texas Supreme Court.

“Most likely, the decision will be appealed to the Supreme Court before any action is taken,” Matt Adams, Peaster ISD superintendent, said. “I would like to think that the Legislature will see the ruling and take action before any appeals, but at this point, it is a waiting game.”

The 83rd Texas Legislative Session began Jan. 8.

“I am unsure whether the recent ruling will have an impact on school funding legislation this session or if state lawmakers will wait for a Supreme Court decision and possibly a course of direction before they proceed,” Poolville superintendent Jimmie Dobbs said. “It’s too early to determine the impact the decision might have on our district and others, but it is encouraging that the evidence presented in the trial led to a district court decision that coincides with the thoughts and philosophies of myself and so many of my colleagues in public education.”

Earlier this week, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst released a statement on the outcome of the trial, saying he disagreed with the ruling and expected an immediate appeal to the Texas Supreme Court. Dewhurst also said he would continue to work with Gov. Rick Perry, House Speaker Joe Straus and the Legislature to “continue to support our students and improve public education” while awaiting the Supreme Court’s final ruling.

“Governor Perry has made it very clear that he has no intention of encouraging that an adequate and equitable solution to school funding be a priority for this Legislative session,” Springtown superintendent Michael Kelley said. “I hope I am wrong, but I think it is very unlikely that the Legislature will address the current crisis until the Texas Supreme Court provides additional direction.”

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