District Court Judge John Dietz’s ruling fails to address the important state constitutional issue of efficiency which is defined as productivity of results. Today’s adequacy ruling was predictable and ultimately irrelevant.
We at Americans for Prosperity are convinced that restructuring the state school finance system is necessary to enhance efficiencies and that putting education decision making in the hands of parents is the most efficient way to educate Texas children.
Efficiency is a constitutional requirement whereas adequacy and equity are only ‘implicit’ constitutional requirements.
For the first time the efficiency issue is now before the courts. In the West Orange-Cove Consolidated ISD decision the Texas Supreme Court strongly indicated a constitutional system of funding schools must be efficient.
We hope the Texas Supreme Court will ultimately overturn today’s decision.