Robin Hood Funding Ruled Unconsitutional

Robin Hood Funding Ruled Unconsitutional

Judge John Dietz declared Texas' school finance system unconstitutional again Thursday, even after the state pumped more than $3 million into classrooms last summer.
Odessa---(Local Big 2 News)

Judge John Dietz declared Texas' school finance system unconstitutional again Thursday, even after the state pumped more than $3 million into classrooms last summer.

It's the largest ruling of it's kind in Texas History but it's not the first ruling of it's kind, Judge Dietz handed down a similar ruling in 2004.

The Robin Hood formula breaks down school districts across the state into two categories, those considered wealthy school districts and those considered low income.

The formula then forces wealthy income districts to take a portion of their budgets and transfer it over to the state to be redistributed to lower income districts.

Over the last few years Texas placed Ector County Independent School District in the category of wealthy districts because of the county's growing property taxes.

Once a district surpasses their estimated target revenue, the state decreases the amount of state funds the school district will receive.

When the state cuts funding schools are then only given two options on ways to increase their funding, either by raising city taxes or increasing it's student population.

At the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year ECISD had an increase in student population by more than 1,000 students, but that large increase also calls for an increase in staff and staff salaries.

On Tuesday ECISD raised its bus driver salaries by $2.00 an hour as a way to motivate people to apply for close to 50 open positions.

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