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Expert: More money didn't close school funding gap

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An expert has told Texas' school finance trial that a $3-plus billion boast in state funding hasn't closed the nearly $1,300 gap in per-student funding between school districts in rich and poor areas.

Testifying Monday was Albert Cortez, director of policy at the Intercultural Development Research Association.

He told state District Judge John Dietz that "even with the new revenue numbers available, the system remains largely inequitable."

Dietz ruled in February that the way Texas funds it public school was inadequate and unfairly distributed among different school districts. This summer, the Texas Legislature increased classroom funding by at least $3.4 billion.

Cortez said Texas' poorest school districts are now spending $5,803 per student. That's up $186, but still $1,288 less than the amount spent by the state's wealthiest districts.

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