Rich Schools Hopeful Houston ISD Could Topple Robin Hood Plan

NOTE: The Texas Tribune takes a look at how Houston ISD's facing a first-time recapture payment of $162 million might be the impetus for state legislators to reform the system. The article explains how the Legislature has come to rely on local school property taxes paid to the state in the form of recapture, or Robin Hood, to fund public education, freeing up state dollars for other expenditures.

Follow the story link and look at the graphic titled Public School Funding: Local vs. State Revenue, which illustrates how using local property taxes to fund public education has risen at a much higher rate since 2008 than state funding. 

By Kiah Collier, The Texas Tribune
Aug. 30, 2016

At least once a year, an official from a property-wealthy Texas school calls Christy Rome and tells her they’re just not going to do it. They don't want to send a big chunk of their tax dollars to the state, even though they're required to do so under a state law meant to buoy poorer districts.  

“I can’t recommend that,” the Texas School Coalition chief always tells them, citing a host of potentially worse financial consequences.
The resistance dates back to the mid-1990s, when Texas lawmakers — under the gun of a court order — enacted a plan known as Robin Hood that was meant to ease vast funding inequities among school districts fueled by a property tax-based funding system. LINK TO STORY >>

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