Legal battle over Texas school finance continues

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by KVUE

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Posted on January 21, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 21 at 8:43 AM

AUSTIN, Texas -- It's been nearly a year since Judge John Dietz ruled that Texas is underfunding public education and distributing its resources in ways that don't treat all school districts equally.

But will an extra $3.4 billion change his mind?

Dietz will open a second round of Texas' school finance trial Tuesday. He will hear weeks of new testimony on whether the Legislature's actions last summer should alter his February 2013 decision.

Lawmakers increased public-school funding by $3.4 billion, while cutting the number of standardized tests high school students must pass from a nation-leading 15 to five.

But the original case grew out of the Legislature's 2011 classrooms cuts worth $5.4 billion.

The more than 600 school districts statewide that sued Texas say the new funding and testing reductions don't go far enough.

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