Posted: Jan 26, 2013 8:46 AM
Updated: Jan 26, 2013 8:46 AM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Public schools in Texas are still pleading with lawmakers to undo $5.4 billion in education cuts. But frustrated allies of cost-cutting Texas classrooms say districts are still bungling the public relations battle.
Majority Republicans in the Texas Legislature have so far shown they're in no hurry and under no intense pressure to put the money back into more than 1,000 school districts statewide. Draft budgets don't restore the funds despite lawmakers having a record amount of revenue.
How much Texas funds education now hinges on lawsuits brought by nearly two-thirds of Texas school districts.
An Austin judge says he will issue a ruling Feb. 4, and after an expected appeal to the Texas Supreme Court, lawmakers will be told whether the money put into classrooms is constitutionally sufficient.