Texas schools take their case to court...again

By: WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press
By: WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Rich schools, poor schools and charter schools are all part of the sweeping school finance lawsuit heading to trial Monday in Austin.

The trial involves lawsuits filed on behalf of about two-thirds of school districts statewide.

While the trial isn't all about money, the $5.4 billion in cuts to public education approved by the Texas Legislature in 2011 will certainly be a focal point of the case.

The districts argue that budget cuts have come amid soaring enrollment driven by low-income students. They say students from poor families are more expensive to educate.

Also, Texas has imposed tougher standardized tests and schools say they can't afford to prepare students adequately for them.

The state counters that the system - while not perfect - is constitutional.

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