Public schools in Texas are still pleading with lawmakers to undo $5.4 billion in education cuts. But frustrated allies of cost-cutting Texas classrooms say districts are still bungling the public relations battle.
Majority Republicans in the Texas Legislature have so far shown they're in no hurry -- and under no intense pressure -- to put the money back into more than 1,000 school districts statewide. Draft budgets don't restore the funds despite lawmakers having a record amount of revenue.
How much Texas funds education now hinges on lawsuits brought by nearly two-thirds of Texas school districts.
An Austin judge says he will issue a ruling Feb. 4, and after an expected appeal to the Texas Supreme Court, lawmakers will be told whether the money put into classrooms is constitutionally sufficient.