Court is back in session in Austin for the school finance lawsuit, of which the Lubbock District is a plaintiff. State Judge John Dietz ruled last February that he wanted to review the actions of the state legislature in dealing with school finance before issuing his findings and conclusions.
Early in the 2013 legislative session, it did not look like there would be much money available. But lawmakers were able to restore some of the funding cuts to public education, to the tune of about $3.5 billion dollars. In the process, the the legislature also changed graduation requirements under House Bill Five, and reduced the number of end of course tests from 15 to five.
Judge dietz will hear the case again based on these developments and new laws passed during the 83rd session.
"We're probably about six weeks away from having a ruling by Judge Dietz," LISD Superintendent Berhl Robertson said. "I really anticipate he will rule in our favor. From that point in time, he'll issue his findings and facts, and conclusions of law, and have a chance to review it. Then whomever loses the case will appeal to the Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court."
The big question now, is public education being funded appropriately to meet the standards set by the state? Lubbock ISD's board and administrators do not feel that is the case.