MCA Updates: Litigation

2/7/2014 10:28 AM in

The last day of testimony included the conclusion of the State's defense. 

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2/6/2014 9:35 AM in

Day nine of the school finance trial had Dr. Lisa Dawn-Fisher, TEA, take the stand.  

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2/5/2014 8:20 AM in

Toni Templeton and David Dunn, Texas Charter Schools Association, took the stand on the eighth day of the school finance trial. The focus was on the disparity of revenue per WADA (M&O and I&S) between school districts and charter schools, an approximate $1,000 gap (according to Templeton’s study).


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2/3/2014 3:56 PM in

Our summary of day six and seven of litigation over the school finance system including the conclusion of testimony from Dr. Wayne Pierce.

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1/30/2014 8:53 AM in

Dr. Catherine Clark and Dr. Wayne Pierce took the stand on Wednesday, January 29th.  

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1/29/2014 9:33 AM in

Litigation continued for the fourth day with testimony from Dr. Albert Cortez. 

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1/24/2014 9:57 AM in

The school finance litigation continued Thursday with the conclusion of Dr. Zamora's testimony followed by testimony from Joe Wisnoski and Dan Casey.

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1/22/2014 5:36 PM in

Mr. Lynn Moak once again took the stand on the second day of the school finance trial. The state used about two hours to cross-examine Mr. Moak focusing on several of his calculations and opinions presented in his study for the trial. 


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1/22/2014 10:48 AM in

The trail over the school finance system in Texas returned to the courtroom of Judge Dietz on Tuesday. The proceedings included opening statements from each party and direct questioning of the first witness, Mr. Lynn Moak. 

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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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