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Wendy Davis Calls On End Of School Finance Lawsuit
Updated: Monday, February 10 2014, 01:27 PM CST
Candidate for Texas governor Wendy Davis is calling on her opponent to end the school funding lawsuit now before an Austin judge.
Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis is taking on Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott. She spoke outside the ACC-Rio Grande Campus today.
Davis said Abbott should settle with school districts that sued when the state legislature slashed funding in 2011.
Closing arguments in the second phase of that trial were heard Friday. Judge John Dietz is expected to make a ruling next month. He declared over a year ago that state funding for public education is inadequate and unfairly distributed among school districts.
Davis said the state should not to appeal Judge Dietz’s ruling, which General Abbott has said he plans to do.
"We’re locked in a legal battle that everyone, except General Abbott, seems to know is over," Davis said. "He’s defending the indefensible. Now he has a choice – continue defending an unconstitutional school funding system and appeal or move to settle. I call on him to settle this case."
The initial decision came after more than 600 school districts statewide sued in response to the Legislature's cutting $5.4 billion in funding to classrooms in 2011. But last year, lawmakers restored more than $3.4 billion while easing high school graduation standards.
After Friday's closing arguments, Dietz will issue a written ruling on the entire trial after mid-March.