School finance trial under way this week, including San Antonio charter school families

This week, the latest round of school finance litigation goes to trial in Austin. One thing that’s different about this trial, compared to the other trials over the past few decades, is that charter schools are represented. In addition to the groups representing traditional ISDs (some property-rich, some property-poor), the Texas Charter Schools Association has also filed a petition. The named plaintiffs are charter school families:

The charter school lawsuit raises challenges the lack of facilities funding for charter schools and the arbitrary cap of 215 charter-holders. “First Time Charter Schools Considered in Texas School Finance Trial: Need for Facilities Funding and Lifting the Arbitrary Cap”, Texas Charter Schools Association news release, October 22, 2012.

More news coverage about the start of the school finance trial:

Keep in mind that the trial is likely to last for several months. Once Judge Dietz writes up his findings, the cases will almost certainly be appealed to the Third Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court—a process that will probably last at least a year. In the meantime, the next legislative session will begin on January 8, 2013.

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