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AISD Superintendent Takes Stand in School Finance Trial

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Jeff Heimsath for KUT News
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Austin Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen is expected to take the stand again today in the school finance trial.

AISD is one of about 600 Texas school districts suing the state. AISD says the state has increased academic requirements, but failed to provide funding to pay for it.

The Texas Legislature cut $5.4 billion from public education last year.

Local education consultants Moak, Casey, and Associates have been put together briefs of each of the 18 days of litigation thus far.

According to yesterday's brief, Carstarphen focused on the needs of AISD's changing demographics—particularly the growth of the number of students learning English.

Judge John Dietz, of the 250th Judicial District Civil Court in Travis County, is presiding over the case.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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