HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS' STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE
WE MUST ACT NOW AND RESTORE FUNDING TO PUBLIC EDUCATION
Judge John Dietz's recent ruled that Texas's school finance system is unconstitutional. This ruling reaffirms what the House Democratic Caucus has been saying for years. Our school finance system is broken! The Legislature most act now to fix it.
Members of the House Democratic Caucus strongly urge Attorney General Greg Abbott to accept the ruling. Texas school children should not be forced to wait for relief while the state pursues a lengthy and costly appeals process.
The House Democratic Caucus will continue to provide innovative solutions. In fact. Representative Donna Howard's 2011 amendment funded enrollment growth, but it was rejected by the Republican majority. We know what is at stake and stand ready to work with our colleagues to find a permanent solution.
Rather than continuing with the Republican agenda of massive cuts to public education, the House Democratic Caucus stands poised to meet our constitutional obligations by providing quality education to all children.
Today, the House Democratic Leader and Democratic members announce their intent to offer an amendment to the supplemental budget. This amendment will utilize the budget surplus and restore $5.4 billion in funding to public education that was cut last session as well as pursue ways to fund education this biennium.
The House Democratic Caucus remains committed and ready!