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11/23/05 - Lufkin

Lawmakers Have Until June To Remedy School Funding Issue

A victory for public schools; that's what some state leaders are calling Tuesday's 7 to 1 Supreme Court ruling.

The court found that Texas' property tax is unconstitutional, saying school districts illegally tax property owners to pay for public education. Legislators failed to solve the problem during the last two regular sessions and three 30-day special sessions called by Governor Rick Perry.

State Representative Jim McReynolds, (D), said, " I think it's a golden opportunity for Texas to do something great for our school children and teachers and our taxpayers. I'm optimistic that we can reach a consensus and pass good legislation."

The deadline for lawmakers to come up with a more equitable way to fund public education is June 1st or classrooms will remain closed next fall. Legislators will meet in a special session before then to talk about a solution.

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