AUSTIN, Texas Aug 28 A Texas judge ruled on
Thursday the state's school finance system was unconstitutional
because it does not adequately or fairly provide money to public
The decision from State District Judge John Dietz is likely
headed to the state's Supreme Court for an appeal, legal experts
said. It will also be a political football in the election
season, with Democrats seeing the decision as a rebuke of
Republican plans to pay for schools.
"The court ... finds that the Legislature has failed to meet
its constitutional duty to suitably provide for Texas public
schools because the school finance system is structured,
operated and funded so that it cannot provide a constitutionally
adequate education for all Texas school children," Dietz wrote.
(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Tom Brown)