Update on Lawsuit

During the Mid-Winter Conference this past week, I attended two sessions related to the lawsuit filed by the Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition. The first session was a workshop hosted by the Equity Center. The second session was an actual Coalition meeting. I would like to share some of the information I received at these meetings.

As of last Sunday, there were 392 school districts involved with the Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition. In addition, there were another 154 districts involved in one of the other three lawsuit groups. That makes a total of 546 districts in the state that are involved in one of the four lawsuits. That represents 53% of the total districts in the state. These districts contain over 3 million students.

Attorneys for the coalition are expecting a conference with all the lawyers to be called by the presiding judge in the next few weeks. The lawyers involved in the suits have already had two meetings. It is anticipated that the case will be tried sometime in October or November.

As this case progresses, I want everyone to have all the information possible so that you can have a clear understanding of why we are at this point. Over the next few days, we will be discussing other aspects of school funding, the lawsuit, and equity. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

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