Originally posted by JS357
Just to be clear, this is a state judge, not federal.
Texas: School Financing System Is Ruled Unconstitutional
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: February 4, 2013
The system Texas uses to finance public schools violates the state’s ...[text shortened]... s more than the wealthiest 15 percent of districts but receive about $43,000 less per classroom.
My question would be what part of the Texas Constitution does that method of funding abuse? It may or may not be unfair,
It might seem unfair that richer areas fund schools better, primarily due to higher property values. But recognize that people bought the more expensive houses based to a large extent the location, and the school district. So if you want better schools you can pay a higher mortgage payment, larger taxes and get in on the better schools.
Here in Michigan, schools are funded by a State Sales tax or actually 2% of it, plus proceeds from the State Lottery. The money is suppose to be handed out on a per student basis, counted twice a year on "count days".
By the way, inner city residents make the claim that they are by far bigger lottery players than rural and suburbanites, and so should get a larger share of the lottery money. How about the novel idea of parents funding schools.
The Progressive idea of mandatory public education was a xenophobic notion of Teddy Roosevelt to get children of immigrant families away from home and out of factories. He didn't want the next generation of Irish, Italians and Jews to turn out like their parents.