Lawmaker Files Bill To Restore School Funding

AUSTIN (January 10, 2013)--A bill filed Thursday in the Texas House would restore all of the $5.4 billion cut from the state's public schools in 2011.

State Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, the bill’s sponsor, says Texas' rosier economic picture means there's now funding to undo the cuts, which the Texas Legislature approved during weaker economic times.

More than 600 school districts have sued the state over the cuts and if the courts side with them, it will be up to the Legislature to remake Texas' funding system, but no ruling should come until after the Legislature adjourns for the year.

Burnam said Thursday that the cuts cost some school districts up to nearly $1,200 per pupil.

Also, more than 10,000 teaching positions were eliminated, and class sizes increased in nearly 7,000 elementary classrooms.

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