EDUCATION FOCUS 2018: How does the recapture system work?

How to share wealth among public schools has been a hot topic in Texas since the 1970s. The Legislature created recapture, or the u201cRobin Hoodu201d policy, following the 1993 Edgewood ISD v. Kirby case to equalize funding for schools by redistributing property tax revenueu2014the main source of funding for Texas schoolsu2014from property-wealthy districts to property-poor districts.

How to share wealth among public schools has been a hot topic in Texas since the 1970s. The Legislature created recapture, or the u201cRobin Hoodu201d policy, following the 1993 Edgewood ISD v. Kirby case to equalize funding for schools by redistributing property tax revenueu2014the main source of funding for Texas schoolsu2014from property-wealthy districts to property-poor districts.



How to share wealth among public schools has been a hot topic in Texas since the 1970s. The Legislature created recapture, or the “Robin Hood” policy, following the 1993 Edgewood ISD v. Kirby case to equalize funding for schools by redistributing property tax revenue—the main source of funding for Texas schools—from property-wealthy districts to property-poor districts.

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By Jules Rogers
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Jules Rogers has been covering community journalism and urban trade news since 2014. She moved to Houston in June 2018 to become an editor with Community Impact Newspaper after four years of reporting for various newspapers affiliated with the Portland Tribune in Oregon, including two years at the Portland Business Tribune. Before that, Jules spent time reporting for the Grants Pass Daily Courier in Southern Oregon. Her favorite beats to cover are business, economic development and urban planning.