Keep Texas Public School Education Dollars in Education

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Texas has a long-standing constitutional mandate to provide free public education to the children of our state. 

Financing this mandate has become challenging with the State’s complex and outdated funding formula -- commonly known as “Recapture” or “Robin Hood” (Chapter 41– Texas Education Agency code). 

In brief, the State of Texas is relying on school district tax dollars to help fund the State’s General Budget. This diversion of education dollars has placed an unsustainable burden on many school district budgets.

In Spring Branch Independent School District alone, the district paid out approximately $29M in 2015 and will pay approximately $53M in 2016. We are projected to pay $91M in 2017. THIS HAS TO STOP. 

Parents for Full and Fair Funding of Texas Public Schools was formed to have our community voices heard in Austin. Our mission is to “keep education dollars in education.” 

We are proposing the following three changes to the Texas Legislature:

1. Eliminate the homestead exemption penalty from the recapture formula. SBISD and HISD are two districts that offer a homestead exemption. We must pay recapture on dollars we don’t collect. This is not fair.  (SBISD - $31M)

2. Fund district full-day Pre-K programs and include full-day Pre-K student enrollment when determining the amount of recapture local taxpayers must pay to the state. Currently, districts only receive half-day funding for full-time Pre-K students and those full-time Pre-K students are not recognized in school funding formulas used to determine recapture payments. (SBISD - $7.6M)

3.  Reimburse school districts that are subject to recapture for their transportation costs. Currently, school districts that must pay recapture are excluded from the transportation allotment in the school funding formula, which is provided to other school districts.  (SBISD - $1.4M)

WE NEED YOUR HELP. If you live in SBISD and are in support of the three changes above, SIGN THIS PETITION! Every signature and voice makes a difference.  

For more information about our efforts and how to get involved, visit us at parentsforfullfairfunding.org and on Facebook

 



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