DALLAS - After three years of delays for a planned $750 million bond bank, Texas officials say the program could play a critical role in helping the state finally write a fair school funding law before a 1993 court-imposed deadline.

State officials predict that lawmakers will remold the bond bank, first approved in 1989, as part of a school finance plan to be drafted in a mid-November special session expected to be called by Gov. Ann Richards.

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