Judge orders new Texas school finance trial

Friday, June 21, 2013

State District Judge John Dietz likened the state’s school finance case to the soap opera As the World Turnswhen he opened Wednesday’s hearing on whether to reconsider evidence in the trial that concluded in February.

He drew the comparison not because of the trial’s drama but because of its longevity.

“There were 13,858 episodes of As the World Turns, and we are getting pretty close,” Dietz said.

After hearing brief arguments from the state and the six parties in the case, Dietz announced that a new six-week trial would begin on Jan. 6 in the suit that was filed last summer after lawmakers cut roughly $5.4 billion from state public education funding in 2011 while the state simultaneously implemented a rigorous new testing and accountability system.

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