In Texas, big school finance questions remain

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Pumping an extra $3.4 billion into Texas public schools didn't convince a judge that the state is adequately funding classrooms.

But how much more money it will take — and how those funds should be divvied up — isn't likely to get sorted anytime soon.

State District Judge John Dietz reaffirmed on Thursday a previous ruling that Texas' school finance system is unconstitutional.

He said it fails to provide adequate funding or distribute it fairly between rich and poor areas. Dietz blocked some parts of the system, but suspended that order until next July.

That lets the Legislature, which reconvenes in January, make changes.

Appeals, though, mean the case still has a long way to go. And it likely won't be concluded until after lawmakers have completed the 2015 session.

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