When State District Judge John Dietz sided with school districts in their lawsuit over state funding, he cited three primary reasons to support public education: civic, altruistic and economic.
The civic aspect dates to 1876, when the Texas Constitution required the state to establish public schools. That was recognition of the role that education plays in a democracy.
As a society, we collectively agree to fund schools, he said, because people realize how education affected their lives. And they know that children don’t the money to pay for schools themselves.