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School Equity Lawsuit Gains Districts

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Texas will once again be challenged in court over its school funding system.

About 100 school districts have now signed on to a looming lawsuit against the state for cuts to public education. The lawsuit is being filed by the Equity Center, a non-profit school equity funding advocacy organization. In an e-mail today the Center said it would release a list of districts next week -- after a state-wide school board convention in Austin.

The Center says the state's per-pupil funding remains uneven, with some districts getting as much as $10,000 per student, while others get half that.

“We believe litigation is the only way to ensure taxpayer equity and a quality education for Texas children," Center executive director, Dr. Wayne Pierce, said. "We must litigate for a school finance system that makes sense and is fair to all children, taxpayers, and districts.”

The suit will be filed on October 15th. The Center hopes to have around 300 school districts signed on by then.

Ben Philpott is the Managing Editor for KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @BenPhilpottKUT.