After Losing Funding, Texas School Lost Message

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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.

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