ERIC Number: ED484957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Texas at a Crossroads: Excellent and Equitable Schools - or Merely Adequate
Cortez, Albert; Montecel, Maria Robledo
Intercultural Development Research Association
Some groups that are pressing for changes in the state's school funding system represent the interests of a small number of school districts that see themselves as somehow "unfairly" impacted by the state's recapture provisions. Recapture is the part of the funding system that re-allocates state resources that are concentrated in a small number of wealthy districts to help fund the overall cost of public education. Unequal educational opportunity is bad public policy. It is bad for public schools, bad for businesses, bad for taxpayers, and, most importantly, bad for children. It is bad for public schools because it creates an education system of haves and have nots. And the haves would refuse to share their wealth. Furthermore, since wealthy schools would not need state funding, they would oppose increasing funding for the overall school funding plan. Without universal support for high quality schools for all, a few would tend to outspend the rest, a condition deemed unconstitutional by the Texas courts. Unequal educational opportunity is bad for children because the quality of a child's education and his or her subsequent chances to attend college and have a better life is compromised from the day he or she first steps through the schoolroom door. This makes the wealth of one's family and the neighborhood in which one happens to live the major factor dictating the quality of the neighborhood children's schooling. [This document originally appeared in the "IDRA Newsletter", however some accompanying charts and graphs may not be provided here.]
Descriptors: Public Education, Public Schools, Educational Finance, Equal Education, Funding Formulas, Educational Equity (Finance), State Aid, Educational Quality
Intercultural Development Research Association, 5835 Callaghan Road, Suite 350, San Antonio, Texas 78228-1190. Tel: 210-444-1710; Fax: 210-444-1714.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX.