TheRobin Hood School Finance Reform Plan
Theachievement gap across Texas district school is a result of financialinequality. Public schools are funded by local government resourcesand schools with numerous properties receive more funding, resultingin differences in graduation rates, standardized tests and otherquality indicators (Loubert 412). The Robin Hood financial planproposes for the redistribution of tax revenue from the wealthyschools to the underprivileged schools to equalize results.
Theplan collects a lot of revenue but fails to bequeath sufficient fundsto public schools. The state focuses on enacting stringentaccountability status to schools before granting them money. Schoolsfeel that this move has crippled their revenue sources and how tospend money. As a result, wealthy schools are discouraged fromraising more revenue and are now creating private foundations thatwill help support the running of schools (Smith 10).
Thecounty and state government has done little in funding local ISD.Although the government has implemented a Robin Hood plan aimed atcollecting revenue from rich schools and distributing to the lesswealthy schools, schools do not receive sufficient funds. Thegovernment does not directly support ISD but collects money from richschools to support the poor ones (Guin, Gross and Deburgomaster 70).
Iwould suggest that the government should allow schools to developfinancially as this helps improve the education standards. Thegovernment should also come up with alternative funding systems thatwill facilitate economic growth of poor schools, instead of takingfinances from the rich schools.
Loubert,Linda. “Housing Markets and School Financing.” Journalof Education Finance30.4 (2005): 412-429.
Guin,Kacey, Betheny Gross and Scott Deburgomaster. “Do District SchoolsFund Fairly?” EducationNext7.4 (2007) :68-73
SmithMorgan “Robin Hood an Accepted Reality for Texas Schools” TheTexas Tribune2 Dec. 2011. Web. 17 Apr. 2015.