Chapter 41 of the Texas Education Code makes provisions for certain school districts to share their local tax revenue with other school districts. For the purposes of the school finance system in Texas, districts are designated as either property wealthy or property poor. The relative wealth of the school district is measured in terms of the taxable value of property that lies within the school district borders divided by the number of students in weighted average daily attendance (WADA). Chapter 41's provisions are sometimes referred to as the "share the wealth" or "Robin Hood" plan because districts that are deemed to be property wealthy are required to share their wealth with property-poor school districts. The funds that are distributed by the property-wealthy districts are "recaptured" by the school finance system to assist with financing of public education in school districts that are property poor.
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Chapter 41 Correspondence
Chapter 41 Manuals
Chapter 41 Districts
Chapter 41 Wealth Equalization Data
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June 17, 2013
Dozens of new laws will impact Texas public schools. A list details those education bills that became law and those that were vetoed.
June 17, 2013
Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams today met with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Washington D.C. as part of an ongoing dialogue with the U.S. Department of Education regarding Texas’ waiver request from specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.
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