HISD To Decide On School Funding Litigation This Week

The Houston School District will decide this week whether to join a growing coalition of school districts suing the state to restore education funding.

Although right now HISD isn’t part of a 150-district coalition that’s filed suit against the state over school funding, it very well could be by the end of the week.

Board members will meet on Thursday to discuss the district’s legal strategy moving forward. HISD’s Jason Spencer says there’s momentum as districts look for ways to get funding restored.

“I think you’re starting to see the different districts coming together in various coalitions to file their lawsuits and coming up with a shared strategy for how they’re going to seek to undo some of the damage that was done. I think in the coming
weeks you’ll see more and more districts publicly stating their intent going forward.” 

HISD lost about 80-million dollars in school funding this year and expects to lose another 120-million next school year. The district has 300 fewer teachers this school year because of the cuts.

“What’s happening in Texas right now, it’s not an issue of big districts vs. little districts or urban districts vs. suburban districts. Every school district in Texas would agree that the level of funding cuts that were imposed by the legislature
were severe and threatened their ability to adequately educated this state and the children of this state.”

The State Attorney General’s Office wouldn’t comment on pending litigation.

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