A Review of Amanda Bright Brownson’s Dissertation on Texas School Funding
By Greg Moses
Texas Civil Rights Review
Any hour now, Texas is expecting to read detailed “findings of fact” from the trial judge who just (and justly) ruled two weeks ago that the state’s school funding system is flatly unconstitutional. Make no mistake, the facts are plain. And the future of civil rights is on the line.
In a 2002 statistical review of school equity in Texas, for example, Amanda Bright Brownson predicted exactly the court rulings that were issued in mid-September after a six-week trial. Fully two years before the judge ruled that state funding for education was neither adequate nor equitable, Brownson wrote that, “Issues of both equity and adequacy must still be addressed as we try to further raise our expectations for schools and students.”….