School districts say finance ruling is first step to winning the - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

School districts say finance ruling is first step to winning the battle

Posted: Updated:
  • CBS19.tv Web ExclusivesMore>>

  • Web Exclusive: Ultra HD TVs

    Web Exclusive: Ultra HD TVs

    (CNN) -Some people just have to have the latest in television technology. The newest TVs on the market- ultra-high definition TVs- or UHD TVs. They have higher screen resolution than current high def screens, and are also known as "4-K" sets. "More >>
    (CNN) -Some people just have to have the latest in television technology. The newest TVs on the market- ultra-high definition TVs- or UHD TVs. They have higher screen resolution than current high def screens, and are also known as "4-K" sets. "More >>
  • Web Exclusive: A product to help keep sharks away on sale

    Web Exclusive: A product to help keep sharks away on sale

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:40 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:40:46 GMT
    If you're headed on a beach vacation, there's a product you may be interested in to help keep sharks away.  The device is called a Shark Shield.  It is now being sold in Florida.More >>
    If you're headed on a beach vacation, there's a product you may be interested in to help keep sharks away.  The device is called a Shark Shield.  It is now being sold in Florida.More >>
  • Web Exclusive: Back to School costs really add up

    Web Exclusive: Back to School costs really add up

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:14 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:14:59 GMT
    Before you know it, fall will be here and it will be time to go back to school.  For parents that means stocking up on notebooks, number two pencils, and back to school clothes, all of which usually take a big chunk out of a family's budget.  So, just how much do parents will pay to send their kids off to school this year?More >>
    Before you know it, fall will be here and it will be time to go back to school.  For parents that means stocking up on notebooks, number two pencils, and back to school clothes, all of which usually take a big chunk out of a family's budget.  So, just how much do parents will pay to send their kids off to school this year?More >>

Tyler, TX (KYTX) -- In a landmark decision, Judge John Dietz sided with the 600 school districts in Texas, saying the way the state funds public schools violates the constitution.

"Certainly I felt like it was the right decision, based on what's happened to school finance in Texas last several years," Keith Bryant, Bullard ISD Superintendent, said.

Tyler ISD is also among the districts who argue the state isn't adequately funding schools.

"We were cut by 10 million dollars, just in Tyler ISD," Gary Mooring, Superintendent at TISD, said.

At Bullard ISD, the system in place gives less money per student because they are considered "property poor."

"There's no industry here, so our tax base is smaller. Because of that, our property wealth is not that strong," Bryant said.

As the school districts in the lawsuit wait to see if the ruling is upheld, they hope lawmakers are listening.

"They need to come up with a funding plan for public schools that will be long lasting," Mooring said.

The schools say the budget crunch forced them to layoff nearly 12,000 teachers and kept salaries frozen instead of giving out raises to staff.

Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.