School finance
10:22 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Equity Center officially files suit against State

AUSTIN - A coalition of more than 150 school districts has sued the state of Texas over a school funding system they say is unfair, inefficient and unconstitutional.

The coalition represents more than one in 10 Texas districts, including several local districts like Bonham, Commerce, Greenville and Paris.

Its lawsuit comes after lawmakers slashed $4 billion in public school funding this summer to close a massive budget gap. The Texas Education Agency and Texas comptroller are among the defendants named in the lawsuit. Republican presidential candidate and Gov. Rick Perry is not.

The lawsuit says a 2006 school finance overhaul that froze state aid to some districts arbitrarily benefited some rather than others.