Advocacy for Pine Tree ISD
Texas School Finance System Ruled Unconstitutional
Feb. 4, 2013 - State District Judge John Dietz ruled that the Texas school finance system is unconstitutional by ruling in favor of the Calhoun County ISD plaintiffs on their two principle claims of adequacy and statewide property tax. Judge Dietz held that the school finance system has evolved into an unconstitutional state property tax and that the system fails to provide the plaintiff districts access to funding sufficient to provide a constitutionally adequate education.  
Pine Tree ISD Board of Trustees Joins Lawsuit to Challenge State's School Finance System
The Pine Tree ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to join with other Texas public school districts in a lawsuit against the State of Texas.  The district asserts that the current system and level of funding impair the education available to students within the district, as well as the ability of the district to provide adequate education to students. Even though our school district experienced recent major reductions in services and staff and the state introduced a new accountability system, Pine Tree ISD remains committed to providing an excellent education for all students. Precedent indicates that the state only allocates more funding for education as a result of court action.