Trial date set for Texas School Coalition lawsuit
April 18, 2012 at 4:04 p.m.
Updated April 17, 2012 at 11:18 p.m.
A judge has set a trial date for the 86 school districts challenging the constitutionality of the state school finance system.
Calhoun County school district is listed as the primary plaintiff in the Texas School Coalition lawsuit, which will go to court on Oct. 22.
The Refugio school district is also listed among the property-wealthy districts claiming the Legislature hasn't allocated enough money into schools to meet the constitutional mandate for an "adequate" education.
The schools contend that because so many districts are taxing at the maximum allowable rate, the school property tax has effectively become a statewide property tax, which is unconstitutional in Texas.
The state is "co-opting the school districts' taxing authority, so it's become a de facto state property tax," said Mark Trachtenberg, one of the attorneys representing the school districts.
State District Judge John Dietz is presiding over the trial.