Like Bill Murray in “Ground Hog Day,” it was as if I were awakening to start the same day I had experienced the day before, only seven years later. It was time to head to court and testify again in the seemingly on-going constitutional challenge to the Texas school finance system. The names were different, many of the planned witnesses were different, the number of plaintiff groups grew to an all-time high, but the challenges to change an inadequate, inequitable and unconstitutional system of funding Texas public schools remained. The stakes for the children of Texas, and the future of our state, remained as high as ever. As a superintendent in Texas since 2001, I witness on a daily basis the consequences of the state’s failure to adequately and suitably provide resources needed to meet the expectations set for all Texas students.



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