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A year ago, state District Judge John Dietz declared school funding in Texas to be inequitably distributed among school districts and inadequate to meet education requirements set by the state.

Dietz held off issuing a written ruling while the Legislature met. Lawmakers restored $3.4 billion to school budgets, and this month Dietz reopened the case.

Experts have said the new funding does not make up the gap between wealthy and poor school districts that Dietz cited a year ago.

It will be difficult for the plaintiff districts to show that funding remains inadequate, mainly because the $3.4 billion just started flowing back into the system and it will be months before data on its effect will be available.

When will the case make it to the Supreme Court? Maybe next year.

Get used to waiting.