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State and Local RevenueEdit

Property taxesEdit

Using property tax as the primary source of funding usually favors wealthy districts. California has limits on property tax increases which thereby limit school spending.

Sales taxEdit

Commonly used for education as well, but considered regressive by many


Bond Issues for capital projectsEdit

Issue discussion: State and local revenue sourcesEdit

Federal funding structures (Insert link here for discussion of federal regulation of schools)Edit

Per student, Avg Daily Attendance, etc.Edit

School LunchEdit

Funding for Students with disabilities (Insert link here for discussion of IDEA and other laws about students with disabilities)Edit

Issue discussion: Federal funding of educationEdit

Redistribution of FundsEdit

Funding FormulasEdit

Over the past 30 years, most states have faced legal challenges to their existing funding structures. The usual argument faced is that it costs more to educate some students than it does to educate others, so equal distribution of funding is not actually equal. The Education Commission of the States provides an excellent summary of the issue and the cases here.

Robin Hood lawsEdit

States such as Texas have had Robin Hood laws which equalize spending across districts by effectively placing a "tax" on wealthy districts in effect as in Texas.

Issue discussion: Redistribution of FundsEdit

Other funding issues: Buses, etc.Edit

Issue discussion: OtherEdit

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