TX Supreme Court Rules Current School Funding Plan Unconstitutional - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/22/05

TX Supreme Court Rules Current School Funding Plan Unconstitutional

Using local property taxes to pay for public school is unconstitutional - That's the ruling the Texas Supreme Court handed down Tuesday.

State District Judge John Dietz says as it is now, school districts are forced to tax property owners at the maximum limits and he says that amounts to an illegal statewide property tax.

"I am also pleased to see that the court agreed with a position that I have long advocated. That it is, simply pouring more money into the same system will not elevate the property tax problem," Governor Perry said.

Justices have given the state until June 1st to repair the system.

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