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Texas Supreme Court Rules School Finance System Constitutional

05.13.2016 — The Texas Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling, a 100-page decision, in the most recent lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s school finance system: 

“Despite the imperfections of the current school funding regime, it meets minimum constitutional requirements. Imperfection, however, does not mean imperfectible. Texas’ more than 5 million school children deserve better than serial litigation over an increasingly Daedalean ‘system.’ They deserve transformational, top-to-bottom reforms that amount to more than Band-Aid on top of Band-Aid. They deserve a revamped, nonsclerotic system fit for the 21st century.”

Justice Don Willett also wrote for the Court:

“Our Byzantine school funding ‘system’ is undeniably imperfect, with immense room for improvement. But it satisfies minimum constitutional requirements. Accordingly, we decline to usurp legislative authority by issuing diktats from on high, supplanting lawmakers’ policy wisdom with our own.”

No dissenting opinions were filed.

Read the full decision.