Only on 4 - Education budget cuts hit home

Right now a battle over money is underway in Austin.

School districts from across the state are suing to secure funding for your child's classroom.

They say more is needed for students across the state to get a quality education.

Some $5.4 billion dollars in cuts to education is being felt at classrooms across Texas.

More than 600 school districts are suing the state, claiming there is not enough funding to go around.

A revamp is on the way for standardized testing and accountability, with a big obstacle: money.

Debbie Aliseda is a McAllen Independent School District, School Board Member.

"In the valley economics is the biggest problem. Our funding is the biggest problem," said Aliseda.

She says 70 percent of students in the district are economically disadvantaged.

"What we did in McAllen is, it's not just 'no child left behind.' In McAllen what we did was, it's no child left offline," said Aliseda.

Adding technology like iPads to a classroom isn't free.

According to McAllen ISD School Board President Hilda Garza-Deshazo, juggling funds is nothing new.

"Having to work around the budget cuts, I think that's always going to be a major concern," said Garza-Deshazo.

Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymond Paredes says there is more to it than that.

"We can't use cuts and revenues as an excuse for not providing our young people the kind of education they need to be competitive in the 21st century," Paredes told Action 4 News.

The commissioner says students need to be taught at a higher level of rigor.

But an expert witness at the school finance trial, testified that more money is needed to meet higher standards.

That is cash the state just does not have.

Testimony is on hold for the holidays.

Educators say the outcome of the trial could make a big difference in the way students are prepared for college.