Plans To Force House School Funding Debate Fizzle

AUSTIN (February 11, 2013)--Democrats tried to pick a fight Monday in the Texas House over funding for public schools, but their plans fizzled as Republicans sidestepped the issue as legal battles over the system continue.

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D- San Antonio, sought Monday to declare funding for public education an emergency matter, but Republican House Speaker Joe Straus explained that the process to do so would be convoluted enough that the effort was unlikely to succeed.

Martinez Fischer settled for asking the chief House budget writer, state Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, questions on the issue.

Pitts said both parties want to improve school funding, but he said the Legislature is limited in the actions it can take for now because of the appeal of a court ruling in a case in which more than 600 school districts sued the state over funding.

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