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Sat Aug 30, 2014, 02:25 PM

GOP majority resists calls for swift action on Texas’ school funding

AUSTIN — Democratic lawmakers and virtually all public education groups want swift action to address Thursday’s court ruling that overturned the Texas school finance system. But the GOP majority in the Legislature insists it will not respond until the state’s highest court weighs in.

That means lawmakers probably won’t take any significant action to add money to school budgets in their 2015 session. But GOP leaders appear willing to consider changes on other issues that contributed to the ruling by District Judge John Dietz of Austin, such as further easing student testing requirements.

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Senate Education Committee Chairman Dan Patrick, R-Houston, reflected the feelings of many GOP lawmakers when he pointed out that the court ruling is the opinion of one man, a Democratic Travis County judge.

“The final say will come from the Supreme Court,” said Patrick, the Republican nominee and front-runner for lieutenant governor this year.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20140829-gop-majority-resists-calls-for-swift-action-on-texas-school-funding.ece

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