The Brief: Top Texas News for Feb. 5, 2013

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A major ruling on Monday marked the latest turn in a case likely to profoundly impact the future of Texas' public school system.

After three months of testimony, district Judge John Dietz ruled yesterday in favor of more than 600 school districts that had sued the state over how it funds public education.

Dietz ruled in favor of the districts on all of their major claims against the school finance system, saying the state has violated its constitution by failing to fairly or sufficiently fund public schools. In shifting the funding burden to the local level, he ...

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