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Davis Calls For Settlement In School Finance Suit

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A student writes during a school lesson on September 4, 2003. (credit: Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

A student writes during a school lesson on September 4, 2003. (credit: Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis is calling on Texas to settle a school finance lawsuit and convene a special session of the Legislature.

Davis said Monday that her opponent Attorney General Greg Abbott should reach an agreement with the 600-plus school districts that have sued the state over budget cuts.

Abbott has said that his job is to defend laws passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Davis said Abbott is the state’s top attorney and should do what’s best for Texans and that means not defending a broken school finance law. She said he should recommend the Legislature meet in special session to find a permanent solution to the problem.

Abbott released the following statement:

“While Sen. Davis remains fixated on the past, I’m focused on making education better for the future of our children. My goal is to make the Texas education system number one in the country, and I’ve been talking with Texans and educators about a plan to achieve this objective. That means more than ensuring the Texas education system is adequately funded. It means empowering teachers, principals and parents with the tools to truly educate our children. It means returning genuine local control to school districts rather than continuing with the centralized control by bureaucrats in Austin.

“Local control by school districts is the key for empowering students, parents and teachers and positioning Texas’ education system to be number one in the nation. It also means using more online and digital learning tools that help students advance even faster. As Governor, I will assemble the tools, techniques and resources we need to make the Texas education system the very best in the country.”

District Judge John Dietz has already declared the way Texas funds schools unconstitutional and will soon release a written decision.

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