Latest Texas school finance case reaches state Supreme Court

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Lawyers for 600-plus Texas school districts are set to tell the state Supreme Court that classroom funding is inadequate and unfairly distributed via a "hopelessly broken" system.

The state attorney general's office will counter that funding mechanisms aren't perfect but meet Texas constitutional standards.

Oral arguments before the nine Republican justices should last several hours Tuesday. But there's no timetable on when they'll rule, or remand the matter back to lower courts.

The nearly three-year-old case represents the latest in almost three decades of Texas school finance legal fights.

At issue this time are $5.4 billion in cuts the Legislature made in 2011.

About $3 billion was eventually restored, but schools say that's not enough amid rising curriculum standards and enrollment that's ballooning with Texas' population boom.