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“We can get by if just getting by is acceptable,” Dupre told a judge last month during the state’s ongoing school finance trial. “In our district, that is not enough. We want to help students master the curriculum — not just get by.”

Those words are at the heart of what public education funding is all about – just getting by or providing a quality education that prepares students for the workforce or college. Given the demands of a global economy and a future that relies on preparing today’s students to be tomorrow’s economic engines, the Legislature should roundly reject a “just get by” approach to public education.

Whether Texas public schools will just get by or excel, however, is in the hands of Texas legislators who convene on Tuesday. Their decisions will be heavily influenced by what happens Monday, when state Comptroller Susan Combs releases the official estimate of how much the Legislature will have to spend in the next two-year budget. Early estimates project a budget with a surplus of $8 billion, a stark and welcome difference from 2011, when lawmakers started the session in red ink, falling $27 billion short of what was needed to pay the bills. Then the unemployment rate was 8.2 percent. Those figures contrast with current positive economic indicators: Unemployment is at a four-year low at 6.2 percent, and sales tax receipts are shooting up along with a roaring economy, fueled largely, Combs has said, by a West Texas energy boom mostly from hydraulic fracturing.

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