Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Avoiding the courts

The Texas House attempted to bypass district courts in future school finance cases. This is very significant because the district courts can take testimony and put together Findings of Fact, whereas the Supreme Court cannot. If the Senate doesn't take this part out of its version of the school finance bill, it stands to reason that other states will try to institute a similar end-run around lower courts. For background, see this story (go to bugmenot.com for free registration).

In many states, including Texas, the courts have provided the only hope that schools will ever receive adequate funding. Here's hoping the Senate does the right thing on this.

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