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Rep. White Vows to Eliminate Disparities in School Funding

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Calling the current school funding system illegal, indefensible and even immoral, State Rep. James White (R-Hillister) has promised he will do everything he can to change it and make it more fair for small property-poor school districts.

In a news release from his Austin office, White said “It is unconstitutional in that the system is clearly not equal and efficient, with some school districts receiving funding at $8,000 per student, while others receive $5,000 per student.

He said “It is indefensible in that only a few people in the state can explain the system. It is immoral to the extent that financing is based on a student’s zip code and proximity to natural resources.”

White says the state’s method of funding education based on property taxes has divided the schools into the “haves” and the “have nots”, and he says he will support legislation that will level the playing field for the “have nots”.

Rep. White seeks revenue-neutral public education system this term – The Lufkin Daily News: Local & State.

White is proposing a basic allotment for school districts that would eliminate the current target-revenue system.  So far, no one has introduced or drafted a bill that would accomplish that goal.

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