Monday, May 30, 2005

Education community looks to court after failed legislation | News for Denton, Texas | AP: Texas: "The education community's focus turns next to the state's high court, which will take up the confounding issue of public school finance in the face of the Legislature's failure to solve the recurring quandary.

In the meantime, teachers won't get a pay raise, homeowners won't get a school property tax cut and schools won't get money to buy the textbooks they need.

'We're putting our faith in the Supreme Court and hoping they'll rule the way we think they should rule and put a deadline,' said Clayton Downing, executive director of the Texas School Coalition. 'That's the only way the Legislature reacts.'

The 79th Legislative Session ends Monday without a new school funding system, an issue that was deemed an emergency when the session convened in January."


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