TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – More Texas school districts are lining up to fight the state in court over the way public education is being paid for.
Dealing with some $4 billion in cuts from public schools, nearly 150 school districts have signed up to sue the state.
Among other things, they argue the cuts made by the GOP-headed legislature leaves them with too many students and not enough cash.
Decatur ISD Superintendent Ron Townsend said education should be put first. “Our young people deserve that and until that happens I don’t know that things are gonna get much better,” he said.
When the cuts were made republican lawmakers argued that while schools are important, so was fixing a budget problem without increasing taxes.
School administrators and educators argue that there just isn’t enough money in their budgets to get the job done.
“To me, the legislature and the public, in the state of Texas, are going to have to make education a number one priority,” Townsend said.
At least two groups, one led by veteran school finance lawyer David Thompson and another by the Equity Center, a nonprofit school finance lobbying and research organization, have been gathering plaintiffs for lawsuits expected to be filed this fall.