AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Attorneys challenging the way Texas pays for its public schools say the state "should be ashamed" of its public education system.
Closing arguments began Monday in Austin in a consolidated six-lawsuit case contending the school finance system violates the Texas Constitution, which guarantees free and efficient public schools. State District Judge John Dietz is expected to rule later Monday in the trial that began in October.
School districts point to $5.4 billion cut from state money and grant programs cuts in 2011 - as enrollment increased sharply - as proof the system is unfair.
Attorney Rick Gray, representing more than 400 districts mostly in poorer areas of the state, says Texas should be embarrassed by the "hopelessly broken" system.
The state argues schools are adequately funded.
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