District Judge John Dietz ruled Monday that the way schools are funded in Texas does not meet the requirements of the Texas Constitution for an efficient and fair system that offers a “general diffusion of knowledge.” The ruling could revamp the way the Texas legislature funds education.
He also found discrepancies in state funding for wealthy versus poor school districts. The state may appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.
A high court ruling is not foreseen on the issue until the close of the legislative session in May. The governor would then need to call a special session next year. Meanwhile, the status of the funding system for Texas schools stays the same.