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Rich School, Poor School
A look at the "Robin Hood" revenue-sharing law used to fund education in Texas.
# 45733 | 1,382 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 19, 2003 in Political Science (State and Local Politics) , Education (General)

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This paper examines the history of school funding in the state of Texas and the attempts to fund equitable educational opportunities for all Texas children. In particular, it discusses the the "Robin Hood" revenue-sharing law, which was signed into effect in 1993 and literally siphons funds from wealthy school districts and diverts them to poorer schools. It analyzes how the plan has been anathema to many, since it was signed into law by Ann Richards, the state's last Democratic governor, and evaluates its advantages and disadvantages.

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"The Texas Supreme Court agreed with the plaintiffs and stated that an efficient system must provide "substantially equal access to similar revenues per pupil at similar levels of tax effort." (Hughes, 2002) Basically, this means that a poor district should be able to operate on the same revenue per pupil from a one-cent tax increase as any other district would from the same one-cent increase. So the Robin Hood plan was implemented in 1993 as a temporary measure to provide funds until a more permanent solution could be devised. The plan was never intended to be permanent, none the less, poorer schools have become accustom to the higher funding levels, and they are hesitant to consider a new plan which would mean a possible decline in income."

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