Equalize education funding in Texas
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Texas is ranked 43rd in the nation when it comes to education. This is due to a number of problems, but one that is hitting us hard is the lack of appropriate funding and education funding in general. Most people believe that education is a right, and all children deserve equal access to it. The problem in Texas is that education is not equal, and our funding system is terribly flawed. Our funding for our school system is planned through something called the Foundation School Program. This program outlines how the funding works, and how wealth is "equalized" between all districts.
The first step in our funding is basic state aid, which depends on the size of the district and how many students attend. After that, funding is generated by property taxes. Texans pay a tax on the property they own, and that goes into the school systems. After that, schools with more than enough funding are supposed to go through a redistribution process. They have 5 options on what to do with the extra money. The issue here is that most schools choose to buy more attendance credits, while other districts can barely afford to stay open.
There used to be a forced "Robin Hood" technique that would take the surplus money and give it to poorer districts, but many districts refuse to participate now. Property taxes are not an equal way to fund schools because places with big houses will have higher property taxes, meaning more school funding. Urban and lower income areas suffer in return because they have smaller property taxes. We are calling for a change in the way our education system is funded. This call for change has been made many times; but is always rejected because our legislators believe the "bare minimum" is probably being met, so it's "constitutional." We would like to see legislators and Texas politicians take a step towards a funding reform, or a better way to equalize the wealth because the FSP is just not cutting it. We ask for support in bringing awareness to the inequality that the Texas education system consists of. Many lawsuits have been made in the past (the most recent was just last year with around 600 school districts signing on after there was a huge budget cut) but their efforts are always pushed to the side. We want to continue to push back until we see a change, and the Texas education system can improve, which starts with funding.
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