Van de Putte Reacts to School Finance Decision
(Austin) — Judge John K. Dietz today ruled in the school finance lawsuit, Texas Taxpayer & Student Fairness Coalition, et. al. v. Michael Williams, Susan Combs and Texas SBOE, finding in favor of the plaintiffs. Senator Leticia Van de Putte (District 26, Bexar County), issued the following response:
"Everyone following this trial has always realized that no matter the result, it is likely to be appealed to the Texas Supreme Court," said Senator Van de Putte. "But contrary to what some of my colleagues have expressed, I do not believe that is a reason to hold off on our school finance discussions. At the very least, we can start talking now about funding enrollment growth and restoring the devastating $5.4 billion in cuts that were made to public education in the previous legislative session."
"Unfortunately, the Texas Legislature has a well-established history of waiting for court directives before acting on school finance. But delays just mean additional years of our school children trying to learn in overcrowded classrooms or trying to rebound from failed state mandated tests without any state supported tutoring. I say let's act now. It doesn't take a rewrite of the school finance formula or a ruling from the Texas Supreme Court to undo - at the least - the damage of the past two years."