We received word yesterday that the funding lawsuits have been assigned to a judge. According to an email received from the Equity Center:
The Texas Taxpayer & Student Fairness Coalition lawsuit (filed October 11,
2011) has been assigned to The Honorable John K. Dietz. Judge Dietz presides
over the 250th Judicial District Civil Court in Travis County. Judge Dietz was
also assigned to the other three plaintiff groups that have filed suit on
behalf of Texas school districts.
As the presiding judge for the lawsuit, Judge Dietz will handle all pre-trial,
trial, and post-judgment proceedings. Having presided over the last school
finance lawsuit (West Orange-Cove, II), Judge Dietz has a comprehensive
understanding of the Texas school finance system.
Lead counsel for the Coalition, Rick Gray, said, “We’re pleased that the legal
process is well underway and we look forward to working with Judge Dietz on
this case.” Gray also said he expects the attorneys for the four plaintiff
groups to meet with Judge Dietz in the coming weeks to discuss the timeline and
procedural schedule for the case.
There is still a long way to go in the process; however, at least the process has started. Further information concerning the funding lawsuits will be passed on as soon as it becomes available.