MCA Updates: Litigation

2/14/2013 9:33 AM in

Yesterday was the final day of litigation. Attorneys for the state and each of the six litigant groups had the opportunity to provide closing arguments, and Judge Dietz followed up with an oral ruling indicating that the system is unconstitutional because it is quantitatively inefficient (lacks equity), is unsuitable and inadequate, and is a de facto state property tax. ...

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2/5/2013 8:23 AM in

Use the link below to read the comments from Judge Dietz....

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2/5/2013 8:23 AM in

Litigation over the school finance system in Texas continued for the forty-third day with testimony on behalf of the charter school plaintiff group from Dr. Anthony Rolle, Dr. R. Craig Wood, and David Dunn, Executive Director of the Texas Charter School Association. ...

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1/30/2013 3:11 PM in

Day forty-two of the school finance trial was held on Monday, January 29, 2013. ...

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1/28/2013 3:19 PM in

Day forty-one of the school finance trial was held on Monday, January 28, 2013. Denise Pierce, Brooks Flemister, and Mark DiBella were called to the stand on behalf of the charter school intervenors to discuss numerous issues, including operations and facilities funding. ...

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1/25/2013 11:47 AM in

On day forty of the school finance court case, Sally Partridge, Dr. Rick Reedy, and Dan Casey were called to the stand to field some clean-up questions on charter schools, teacher compensation issues, and the current state budget outlook, respectively....

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1/24/2013 9:28 AM in

Litigation over the school finance system in Texas continued for the thirty-ninth day with testimony from Ms. Danessa Bolling, resident within North Forest ISD and mother of three. ...

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1/24/2013 9:27 AM in

Day 38 of the school finance litigation began with witnesses for the TREE intervenors....

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1/21/2013 2:01 PM in

The school finance court case resumed on Thursday, January 17, 2013. The efficiency intervenors, Texans for Real Efficiency and Equity in Education, called Dr. Don McAdams and Mr. Bill Hammond to the stand....

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1/17/2013 11:29 AM in

Day thirty-six of the school finance court case resumed on Wednesday, January, 16, 2013. The efficiency intervenors, Texans for Real Efficiency and Equity in Education, called Dr. Eric Hanushek to the stand. ...

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1/17/2013 11:28 AM in

Litigation over the school finance system in Texas continued for the thirty-fifth day with testimony from Bo Smedshammer, Andrea Smedshammer, and Dr. Paul T. Hill. ...

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1/14/2013 9:14 PM in

Two witnesses, Ms. Laura Ayala and Dr. Linda Roska, testified for the state today at the school finance trial. Ms. Ayala's testimony concerned assessment of, and results for, English language learners and Dr. Roska focused on a series of graduation-related data....

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1/10/2013 4:35 PM in

Day thirty-three of the school finance court case convened on Thursday, January 10, 2013. The Director of Early Childhood Education for TEA, Gina Day, was called to the stand to discuss the state’s pre-kindergarten program. The Director of Bilingual and ESL Education for TEA, Susie Coultress, was also called to the stand to discuss issues related to English Language Learners. ...

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1/10/2013 9:03 AM in

Day 32 of the school finance trial continued the cross examination of Dr. Dawn-Fisher, followed by testimony from Tom Currah of the Comptroller's office....

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1/9/2013 1:31 PM in

Litigation over the school finance system in Texas continued for the 31st day with testimony from Dr. Lisa Dawn-Fisher, TEA. ...

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1/8/2013 8:43 AM in

Litigation over the school finance system in Texas continued on day 30, with the stat calling Rob Coleman from the State Comptroller’s Office and Shirley Beaulieu from the Texas Education Agency. Both presentations focused on overall state appropriations to public education in recent biennia. ...

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12/14/2012 9:53 AM in

Litigation over the school finance system in Texas continued on day 29, with the state calling Dr. Michael Podgursky back to the stand for continued cross examination by the plaintiffs as well as redirect by the state. After that, Shannon Housson, Director of Performance Reporting for the Texas Education Agency testified for the state....

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1/28/2013 3:36 PM in

Litigation over the school finance system in Texas continued for the twenty-eighth day with testimony from Dr. Michael Podgursky, professor of economics from the University of Missouri. ...

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12/11/2012 9:42 PM in

Today the state called Dr. Laurie Laughlin Davis with Pearson, and Ms. Anita Givens, the Associate Commissioner for Standards and Programs, to testify in the school finance trial....

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12/11/2012 2:27 PM in

Dr. Gloria Zyskowski, Director, TEA Student Assessment Division, was called to testify on behalf of the state today....

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12/7/2012 12:46 PM in

Day 25 of the school finance litigation resumed yesterday morning with the state’s first witness. Dr. Grover Whitehurst was the director of the Institute of Education Sciences at the United States Department of Education under Secretaries of Education Rod Page and Margaret Spellings. Whitehurst’s testimony focused primarily in two areas: criticism of the research base used by some of the plaint...

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12/6/2012 7:19 AM in

Day 24 of the school finance litigation resumed this morning with the cross-examination of Mr. Charles Dupre, Pflugerville ISD Superintendent, and testimony from Dr. John Folks, former superintendent of Northside ISD....

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12/4/2012 5:07 PM in

Court resumed on December 4, 2012 with Dr. Jacob Vigdor returning to the stand to address pay-for-performace issues. Mr. Gonzalo Salazar, superintendent from Los Fresnos CISD, and Mr. Charles Dupre, superintendent from Pflugerville ISD, would take the stand later in the afternoon. ...

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12/4/2012 5:07 PM in

Litigation over the school finance system in Texas continued for the twenty-second day with testimony from Dr. Albert Cortez and Dr. Jacob Vigdor. ...

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11/30/2012 11:15 AM in

Litigation resumed yesterday with Dr. Kallison again taking the stand, along with the superintendents from Amarillo and Edgewood ISDs....

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11/30/2012 2:51 PM in

Litigation of the school finance system in Texas continued for the twentieth day with testimony from Dr. James Kallison, President of the Eanes ISD Board of Trustees. ...

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11/28/2012 10:38 AM in

Litigation over the school finance system continued into day nineteen with testimony from Dr. Meria Carstarphen, Austin ISD Superintendent, Mr. Michael French, Quinlan ISD Superintendent, and Mr. Larry Harris....

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11/26/2012 5:15 PM in

After several days off due to the Thanksgiving break, day eighteen of the school finance court case began on Monday, November 26th with Dr. Heath Burns, superintendent of Abilene ISD, taking the stand. Dr. Meria Carstarphen, superintendent of Austin ISD, would take the stand after lunch. ...

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11/26/2012 5:16 PM in

Litigation over the school finance system in Texas continued into day seventeen with testimony from Dr. Nabor Cortez, Jr., Superintendent of La Feria ISD and Dr. Reece Blincoe, Superintendent of Brownwood ISD. ...

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11/20/2012 11:10 AM in

Dr. Allen Odden took the stand and was questioned by John Turner, representing the Calhoun County plaintiffs. Dr. Odden used an evidence-based approach to estimate the cost of funding schools capable of making the kinds of rapid improvements in student performance that he says will be needed if students are to meet new state expectations....

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