DALLAS — Opponents seeking to overturn the way Texas finances its public schools said the current funding mechanism is inequitable and inadequate during opening arguments Monday in a trial challenging the constitutionality of the system.

Suits filed by six plaintiff groups have been combined into a single case being heard by District Judge John Dietz in Austin. Testimony is expected to last at least six weeks, with no ruling likely before the Legislature convenes in January for its biannua1 140-day session.

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