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ERIC Number: ED538987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr-19
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Equity Analysis of the Governor's Educational Excellence & Property Tax Relief Plan (April 2004). Testimony before the Joint Select Committee on Public School Finance, 78th Texas State Legislature (April 19, 2004)
McCown, Scott
Center for Public Policy Priorities
In this testimony Scott McCown testifies on behalf of the Center for Public Policy Priorities. The center is interested in public school finance because education is the pathway to prosperity for low-income Texans. McCown's personal expertise in school finance comes from having presided as a state district judge over the state's school finance cases from 1990-2002. The Governor's plan rests on four principles, and McCown was asked to comment on the third: "Eliminating Robin Hood while increasing funding equity in our public schools." McCown elaborates on his four major points: (1) In a good school finance system, the question is not what percentage of children has access to the same resources in any given year, but whether the system is designed to at least maintain and better yet to increase the percentage over time; (2) Under the Governor's plan, 98% of the children are not really in the equalized system; (3) The Governor's incentive funding favors the wealthy districts over poor districts in two ways: (1) because the incentives are on top of an unequal funding system, the wealthy would have more resources with which to perform, making it more likely that they would win rewards while the poor would not; and (2) the proposed incentives reward districts for student performance, rather than teacher performance, which favors wealthy districts because generally speaking their students walk in the front door better prepared to learn; and (4) The Governor's plan is ultimately a reverse Robin Hood under which the vast majority of ordinary Texans would pay higher state taxes of one sort or another so that a group of wealthy Texans can have better schools and lower local taxes than the rest. (Contains 1 graph.)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP)
Identifiers - Location: Texas