School Funding Fight

School Funding Fight

Lawmakers in Austin are attempting to change the way Texas pays for public schools. It all began with a $5.4 billion dollar cut to Texas Education budget in 2011 signed by former Governor Perry and pushed for by current Governor Greg Abbott.

As a result of that funding slash Texas as a whole lost over 12,000 teachers a year later. The cuts have slowly made deeper and deeper impacts on school districts across the state. Ten school districts in our region have joined 590 other school districts, 600 total who are suing the state to not just be adequately funded but gain equal funding per pupil.

Crowell Independent School District Steven Pyburn talked about how the cuts have hurt his district.

"We are Getting less money per pupil, we also have a declining enrollment that makes it twice as bad. It's made it very difficult and hard to hire quality teachers," said Pyburn.

Tough decisions were made when it came to the first cuts in 2011 sine that time.

"We are not and have not been receiving adequate funding to educate the kids," said Pyburn.

Though Pyburn knows his district is not the only one taking legal action, support in numbers brings no relief.

"I don't find any comfort that we are having to sue the state of Texas," said Pyburn.

In 2014 a district judge in Austin declared that school finance system unconstitutional, saying funding was inadequate unfairly distributed among school districts.

Jack Carney, Newschannel6