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Jan 22, 2014 4:07 PM

Expert: Texas School Funding Remains Inadequate

AUSTIN - An expert says the way Texas funds its public schools remains inadequate - even as high school graduation rates have improved.

Lynn Moak has been a leading state education analyst for nearly five decades. He testified Wednesday on behalf of the 600-plus school districts that have sued the state.

They claim that $5.4 billion in classroom funding cuts in 2011 have left schools unable to prepare youngsters for lofty high school graduation requirements.

Judge John Dietz ruled in February that Texas' school finance system violates the state constitution.

But he's hearing new evidence after the Legislature this summer added $3.4-plus billion in public school funding and softened curriculum requirements.

Pressed by the Texas attorney general's office about graduation rates rising, Moak said the system is still inadequate and inefficient.

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