By Pat Stacey
Van ISD and several other school districts have filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas over the cuts in education funding. This has been brewing since the budget passed earlier in the year and more than 4 billion dollars were cut from funding local districts. The cuts have pulled the covers back on a system that is in dire need of reform.
Currently school districts are funded through a formula that favors and increases funding for some districts while providing less funding for others. This is no doubt a harmful situation and those districts that have been negatively affected the most are trying to do something about it.
Other districts will probably follow the lead of Van ISD and the other districts. The state will have to address this imbalance through either a judgment against the state or with some type of special funding.
The challenge is that state budgets are set for two years now so this litigation will no doubt last at least that long before a decision is handed down. That to me says that the only ones who will truly benefit from this action are the attorneys on the cases. They are guaranteed some regular income, win or lose for the next two years. But regardless, the state did not pass the budget with the intention of creating this imbalance, legislators simply did not have the money to fully fund the education needs of Texans.
It is a complicated web but one that needs to be settled out of court and probably will in a couple of years and it will eventually make for a Better East Texas