Statement of Senator Ellis on School Finance Ruling
(Austin, Texas)—Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) today released the following statement on Judge John Dietz's decision in the Texas school finance system lawsuit:
"Judge Dietz's decision affirms what most of us already know: the state of Texas continues to shamelessly shortchange our children's schools. The sad truth is that for years the state has relied on stopgap measures and focused more on tax relief than strong schools. Hopefully this latest in a long line of decisions will force the legislature to truly and systemically address the inequities in our school finance system to ensure that every child in every school -- regardless of wealth -- has access to a top-notch education.
"The ruling also reinforces the simple fact that investment matters. Hopefully that spurs the legislature to take action and reverse course on last session's disastrous $5 billion cuts to our kids' schools. We need to reinstate that funding as a down-payment on a new Texas promise to our schools, and then embark on the difficult task of enacting a comprehensive school finance reform that finally ensures real investment and real improvement in education."