September 10, 2014      4:03 PM
Grusendorf: Judge Dietz Erred –- Money alone is no solution
Supremes overturned him on two of three major conclusions in 2006 and are likely to do so again
sat through the both of the recent school finance trials I gained great respect
for the intellect of Judge Dietz. However, he gravely missed the mark in his
recent school finance ruling. The
likelihood of his decision standing on appeal is slim. Just as the Texas Supreme Court
ignored most of his findings of fact in the last round of school finance
litigation, they will likely do so again.
2006 the high court overturned Judge Dietz on both big issues -adequacy and
equity. They only allowed districts a
minor victory on the state property tax issue thereby enabling them to recover legal
fees. The Texas Supreme Court refused to
tell the legislature they had to spend more money on education.
February 4, 2013 Judge Dietz said from the bench that he and I come from the
opposite ends of the political spectrum.
Since I’m very conservative, the Judge obviously considers himself to be
very liberal. Having heard all the same
evidence as the Judge, I have a very different interpretation of the evidence
in this case. In my opinion, the state presented
a compelling case on both the adequacy and equity issues. Further, from my perspective the evidence was
overwhelming regarding the efficiency issue –which the Judge refused to give
The rest of Kent Grusendorf's column can be found in today's R&D Department.
By Kent Grusendorf