Texas Facing at Least Two School Funding Lawsuits

During the legislative session earlier this year, David Thompson received a message from a Republican lawmaker on the floor of the House.

“Please sue us soon,” it read.

The veteran school finance lawyer told the story to several dozen school leaders last weekend as he explained to them why he is poised to do just that — file litigation against the state over the way it funds its public schools. The involvement of courts, he said, could help provide political cover for lawmakers to make better policy.

Though the prospect of school finance litigation arose even before the Legislature ...

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