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  •  That's nice to hear, though curious how that (1+ / 0-)
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    relates to the full picture of spending priorities that began this subthread.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 09:14:09 AM PST

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    •  dunno (3+ / 0-)
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      i imagine it has something to do with cutting the state educational budget, which is hapening.

      what the talk of cutting spending on education overlooks is that the districts in texas are isd; independent school districts, supported ny their own local communities.

      Thank you, Keith Olbermann

      by LivesInAShoe on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 09:25:41 AM PST

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      •  Don't local counties or towns obtain state (0+ / 0-)

        educational funding, in addition to using local school taxes?

        "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

        by wader on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 10:22:36 AM PST

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        •  Used to be and the disparity led a (0+ / 0-)

          school from a San Antonio-area school to sue because schools in areas that had their own oilwells (not kidding, I went to one) could spend so much more revenue per student it wasn't funny.

          Google "Robin Hood School Finance" for more ...

          LBJ & Lady Bird, Sully Sullenberger, Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Drew Brees: Texas is No Bush League! -7.50,-5.59

          by BlackSheep1 on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 01:48:29 PM PST

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          •  Hm, sounds like the state still supplements (1+ / 0-)
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            local areas for supporting their school fund-raising needs:

            . . . A series of bills changed the school finance system to cut school M&O property taxes by one-third by 2008, but allowed local school boards to increase tax rates from the new, lower levels, although generally only with voter approval. Some of the local property tax revenue lost by the one-third cut will be replaced by state revenue from a new business tax and higher cigarette taxes. The state Comptroller estimated a $10 billion dollar surplus from the revised tax system.[citation needed]

            It appears that they're just moving shells around to avoid the appearance of certain politicians being on the hook for higher taxes.

            "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

            by wader on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 04:09:27 PM PST

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