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02/24/06 - East Texas

East Texas Educators Concerned About Supreme Court Case

by Jessica Cervantez

A supreme court case in Texas has some East Texas educators concerned.

It is the West Orange Cove lawsuit that went before the state's supreme court. Hudson's superintendent says the supreme court said the present funding system doesn't give local school districts local discretion in budgeting for their schools. All the money schools are generating are being used for mandated requirements, and schools aren't having local discretion. The supreme court says that is a violation of the constitution.

If the issue isn't resolved schools could close.

Mary Ann Whiteker, the Hudson superintendent, said, "There is nothing legally that can be done to prevent the schools from closing short of a new finance system that meets the compliance of the supreme court."

Schools could close on June 1st if the issue is not addressed and approved for the courts.
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