Lufkin, TX — The Diboll Independent School District has joined hundreds of other districts in a lawsuit against the state of Texas, with the hope of changing what they believe to be an inequitable public school financing system.
The Diboll ISD board of trustees on Tuesday night unanimously passed a resolution — much like Central, Hudson and Lufkin have — to join the Austin-based Equity Center’s formal complaint against the fact that some districts reap nearly $11,000 per child and others less than $5,000.
Every Angelina County school district receives less than the state average of funding per child.
Diboll ISD’s resolution proclaims that while the state of Texas sets certain requirements in the classroom, the “finance system is unsound, unstable, insufficient, inequitable, and thus unconstitutional.”
“Severe budget cuts have made a dire situation worse by forcing districts to increase class size, lay off teachers, eliminate many programs necessary to support student learning and well-being,” the resolution stated. “The Diboll Independent School District board of trustees believes it is imperative to provide a sound, stable and sufficient school finance system so that all children have equal educational opportunities.”
The district will pledge $1 per weighted average daily attendance, which equals approximately $2,500 to $3,000, according to Superintendent Gary Martel.