For release: May 13, 2016
Contact: Dax Gonzalez, 800.580.8272, ext. 8330 

Statement from Executive Director James Crow of the Texas Association of School Boards on today’s school finance ruling by the Texas Supreme Court:

This is a sad day for Texas and for the future of our great state.  The economic prosperity of Texas in the coming years is tied directly to the quality of our public schools. But today’s unexpected and troubling ruling by the Texas Supreme Court jeopardizes that future success. Our schools must be adequately and equitably funded to meet the high standards that all Texans have for them. 

While we disagree with the Court on the constitutionality of the Texas school finance system, we agree with them that the system is broken, and it is wrong.  It must be fixed.  It is now up to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House, and Texas Legislature to do the right thing and establish an appropriate school finance system. It will require leadership, and it will be difficult—but it is long overdue.

It is important to note that the best the justices could say about our current school finance system is that it meets “minimum” constitutional requirements. And, as the justices said, the funding system is “undeniably imperfect, with immense room for improvement.” 

The Texas Legislature, as the Supreme Court acknowledged, must seize this opportunity to create a school finance system on which our 5.3 million public school students and our state can rely for appropriate and sustained support. 

About TASB:

TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.3 million students.