District reacts to school finance lawsuit ruling

On Friday the 13th of May, the Texas Supreme Court released its long-awaited ruling in response to a lawsuit brought by more than 600 Texas school districts, including Lake Travis ISD, after the Legislature cut $5.4 billion from the public education budget in 2011. The court ruled that, despite the imperfections of the current school finance system, it “satisfies the minimum constitutional requirement.”

“I am surprised and disappointed by the Texas Supreme Court’s ruling,” Lake Travis ISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Lancaster said. “This was the seventh major court case brought against the state since 1984 challenging the school finance system. In all six cases before, the system was ruled unconstitutional. I expected that same outcome for this most recent lawsuit, but I was not overly optimistic about any significant relief for Lake Travis ISD–a fast-growth, revenue-contributing (‘Robin Hood’) school district.”

Dr. Lancaster added that despite the ruling, district officials will maintain their focus on providing world-class learning opportunities and a rigorous education for all students.

“And while there is no real urgency by lawmakers to fix the “undeniably imperfect” school finance system now that it has been deemed “constitutional,” district senior staff and I will continue working with our local delegation to identify resources which will provide our students with the support they need and deserve,” Dr. Lancaster continued. “We will not lower our standards nor settle for a minimum education at Lake Travis ISD.”