Texas school finance case back in court

      AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Attorneys representing more than 600 Texas school districts have told a state judge that $3-plus billion in new classroom funding isn't enough to fix a flawed school finance system.

      The state countered that new evidence will show school funding is even more adequate and fairly distributed than ever.

      Tuesday began round two in a pivotal case affecting more than 5 million Texas students.

      Last February, Judge John Dietz ruled that the way Texas finances public education was inadequate and unfair.

      Three months later, the Texas Legislature increased school funding by at least $3.4 billion. It also eased high school graduation standards.

      Dietz has yet to issue a final, written ruling. He wants to hear evidence on how the changes will affect the case before doing so.

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