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The school finance trial involving more than two-thirds of Texas school districts and most of its charter schools kicked off Oct. 22. It is the sixth time in the last 40 years that Texas has had to address how it funds public schools — but there are new players in the courtroom this time, including a recently formed organization representing business interests and school choice advocates.

To keep track of what is sure to be the lawsuit's lengthy journey through the court system, we've collected all of our coverage, from the battles of the last legislative session to the latest developments in the case.

Here, you'll find links to the latest updates from The Texas Tribune and other news outlets, as well as our extensive guides to the state's school finance system and the legal arguments from all six parties in the case.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 5/30/11

Aaronson and Grissom on a freshman lawmaker who didn't mind making waves, Aguilar on E-Verify's new lease on life, Galbraith on the state's plodding progress toward solar power, Hamilton on Warren Chisum's exit, Philpott on the remapping of Lloyd Doggett's district, Ramsey on a proposed change to ethics laws for Texas pols, Ramshaw on efforts by the state to take control of Medicaid and Medicare, Root on why a Perry presidential bid shouldn't be underestimated, M. Smith on the unraveling of school finance legislation and Tan and Dehn on the highs and lows of the 82nd Legislative Session: The best of our best content from May 30 to June 3, 2011.

School Finance Returns to Senate Floor; What Next?

Former state Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, shown in 2011, took the reins as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System in 2014.
Former state Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, shown in 2011, took the reins as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System in 2014.

The full Senate is set to consider the bill known in its previous life as SB 1811 today. What's in it?  The exact same plan that state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filibustered Sunday night. "I think, fundamentally, we've reached an agreement about what were doing this year," says state Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock.

Inside the Unraveling of School Finance Legislation

In the end, a late-night filibuster in the Senate killed school finance for the regular session. But SB 1581’s crash-and-burn in the House, which put a behind-closed-doors conference committee in charge of decisions about how to distribute $4 billion in cuts across school districts, is an odyssey worth revisiting as lawmakers take up the issue in their special session. 

House and Senate Adjourn; Special Session Tuesday

Republican Senators gather on the floor awaiting sine die as no agreement is reached on SB1811 on May 30, 2011.
Republican Senators gather on the floor awaiting sine die as no agreement is reached on SB1811 on May 30, 2011.

Both the House and Senate have adjourned sine die. But without a school finance deal in the Senate, Gov. Rick Perry is expected to call a special session for 8 a.m. Tuesday. "You reap what you sow," said Senate Finance Chair Steve Ogden, "so we'll see what happens next." 

 

Updated: A Deal on School Finance, Dewhurst Says

Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the press after leaving a school finance meeting between leaders in the House and Senate May 27, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the press after leaving a school finance meeting between leaders in the House and Senate May 27, 2011.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said leaders in the House and Senate had agreed on a school finance plan as he left a meeting with education and budget chiefs from both chambers. As expected, it is the "hybrid of a hybrid" described by Sen. Florence Shapiro.