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E2: Why Texas school funding still isn’t fair

A little over 30 years ago, the Texas Supreme Court ordered the Texas Legislature to fix the state’s unequal school funding system. The fix lawmakers chose is recapture, often called "Robin Hood."

But according to a TPR analysis of state data, even with recapture, today’s school funding system still isn’t fair. And, because the funding system is also really complicated, the ways it’s unfair aren’t very well understood.

Public education advocates believe confusion about how funding works in Texas and the inequities hiding behind the complicated system are being used to bolster the argument for creating a voucher-like program that would let parents use public dollars to pay for private school.

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