Just because two school districts provide the same resources for their athletic programs, it does not mean both are equal. What is equal? Equal support is more than money. Leadership and potential are two important ingredients.
The two fundamental aspects of school finance fairness are equity for taxpayers and equity for students. There are over 100 districts in Texas with taxable values at or below $100,000 per student. There are over 60 districts with taxable values at or above $1 million per student. The ability to provide educational opportunities for students is much different for the property wealthy districts as compared to the property poor districts. The property wealthy district with $1 million taxable value per student has $0.80 maintenance and operations rate, provides $8,000 for the local share of per student revenue, and has 37 pennies of maintenance and operations tax rate left. The property poor district has $100,000 of taxable value per student, $1.17 maintenance and operations tax rate, provides $1,170 local revenue per student and has 0 pennies of maintenance and operations tax rate left. This is an obvious example that without state aid there cannot be an equal education program in most Texas communities.
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