Testimony Concludes In Texas School Finance Trial

AUSTIN (January 30, 2013)--Testimony in Texas' sweeping school finance trial ended on Wednesday, setting the stage for what could be a landmark ruling next week by state District Judge John Dietz.

David Dunn, executive director of the Texas Charter Schools Association, was the case's last witness Wednesday afternoon.

Closing arguments are set for Monday.

Dietz has promised to rule immediately.

Testimony began Oct. 22, though the case took a three-week holiday hiatus in December.

More than 600 school districts responsible for educating three-quarters of the state's 5 million-plus public school students have sued, claiming funding provided by the state Legislature is inadequate and unfairly distributed.

Whatever Dietz decides will likely be appealed to the Texas Supreme Court, but if the districts win the case, it will be up to the Legislature to overhaul how it funds schools.

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