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City, County Pledge to Help AISD’s Recapture Struggle
As school funding in Austin is stretched paper-thin, officials say they'll push to secure more dollars
"...its recurrent budgetary shortfalls. That inevitably means talking about recapture, the Texas "Robin Hood" law that requires property-wealthy districts..."

April 8, 2022 News Feature by Morgan O’Hanlon

How Texas’ School Funding Scheme Contributed to Austin ISD’s Massive Budget Shortfall
Recapture is just one puzzle piece
"...year’s legislative session to increase the “basic allotment,” the funding formula the state uses to provide money to districts..."

May 24, 2024 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Lawmakers Agree to Improve School Funding
Full-day pre-K, financial assistance, and more to support the state's public schools
"...to help educate the state's most vulnerable students, and funding for districts that want to implement merit pay programs..."

May 31, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

House to Address Education Funding
Speaker Joe Straus sets school finance as interim item
"...head, there would be no impetus to fix a funding process that even the justices admitted is substandard...."

June 10, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Preschool Funding Loophole has Tax Dollars Going to Religious Schools. Who Benefits?
Private school partnerships boost district enrollment
"...lost revenue to public schools, concerns about taxpayer money funding religious education also play a significant role. Opponents to..."

Oct. 27, 2023 News Feature by Rob D'Amico

Drop in the Bucket: Disputed Fed Ed Funding Comes to Texas
Disputed fed ed funding comes to Texas
"...likely to receive a delayed $830 million in school funding under the federal Education Jobs bill. Yet lawmakers still..."

April 22, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Will School Funding Take a Beating From a Pandemic-Pressed Budget?
Pandemic-pressed budget puts 2019's funding gains at risk
"...school finance reforms were permanent (and long overdue), the funding stream was not, and with the Legislature now facing..."

Jan. 15, 2021 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

Evade Recapture
"...Dear Editor, While we appreciate Brant Bingamon finally mentioning RECAPTURE in the AISD article ["More Details Emerge on Proposed..."

May 6, 2024 Postmarks

Texas School Funding
Still unconstitutional
"...ruling that behooves ensuring equitable, sufficient, quality education, and funding for the school children of Texas, is a victory...."

Sept. 5, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Education Funding May Require Special Session
Lawmakers at impasse over school finance
"...on education or how it will slice up the funding, and there's persistent talk that an education-focused special legislative..."

May 20, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Council: Downtown Puzzle or Rubik’s Cube?
Dais division brewing over hotel tax spending, tourism industry
"...“tax swap” proposal. Now he’s hoping he can salvage funding for an ambitious “Downtown Puzzle” solution despite doubts from..."

Aug. 28, 2017 News Post by Michael King

Quote of the Week: Ted Gordon
AISD Trustee Ted Gordon on school funding
"...Ted Gordon, noting that the state of Texas, via recapture (i.e., “Robin Hood”), is now expected to receive more..."

Oct. 19, 2018 News Column

House Rolls Out School Finance Bill
Republican leaders propose $9 billion in funding for public schools over the next two years
"...conference on Tuesday, March 5, proposing $9 billion in funding for public schools over the next two years, on..."

March 8, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

AISD Employees’ Union Urges 10% Raise
With likely increase of state funding, local teachers say: “We’re worth it”
"...five years. The school employees' union pointed to expected funding gains from state-level school finance reform that could inject..."

May 17, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Judge: Texas School Finance System Unconstitutional
Now what? Legislators, education advocates and think tanks respond
"...surprise to anyone: The current system of "Robin Hood" recapture is unconstitutional on multiple levels, create a de facto..."

Feb. 5, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Bait and Switch
We may get another special session, but school funding remains a poor bet
"...the school district lawsuit is a direct challenge to recapture or "Robin Hood" – which Perry insists is obsolete..."

June 18, 2004 News Column by Michael King

AISD Employees to Receive Historic Raises
District, union agree on pay package in wake of state school bill
"...Austin ISD leaders announced Thursday (June 13) that all..."

June 13, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

The Texas School Finance Plan’s Local Bottom Line
Additional per-student funding under HB 3 for the 2019-20 school year
"...3 includes increases to the "basic allotment" of per-student funding every school district receives from the state; "compression" of..."

April 26, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Fixing the Gap
Mayors tackle school finance at SXSWedu
"...ingenuity. For example, under Texas' Robin Hood school finance recapture system, Austin ISD sends $200 million in local property..."

March 18, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Making the Math Work on Real School Finance Reform
"Texas Plan" brings new money to Austin and other districts, but nothing's final yet
"...on track to send Gov. Greg Abbott the largest funding boost for the state's public schools in more than..."

April 26, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Balancing the Books After Years of Neglecting Schools
The Texas Legislature wants to fix school finance, but how?
"...justices last year issued a bifurcated ruling on school funding after years of challenges. The good news for education..."

April 7, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Central Texas Lawmakers Speak Out About the 86th Legislative Session
Interviews with the team representing 2.1 million Austin metro residents
"...and we made the choice to significantly cut education funding instead of withdrawing from the rainy day fund. We've..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by the News Staff

Shortchanged
A lot of belt tightening and creative thinking make getting by with low dollars possible for AISD
"...would have seen a $48 million increase in state funding. Instead, after Senate opposition to the House plan, the..."

Sept. 4, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AISD Copes With Post-COVID Life
With falling enrollment, budget woes, and “behavioral events” maybe the kids aren’t alright
"...first place, as pre-K or kindergarten students). Since TEA's funding formulas are based on attendance, falling more than 2,000..."

Nov. 26, 2021 News Feature by Morgan O’Hanlon

AISD Prepares to Slice the Apple
School district battles its budget monsters
"...the district is required to pay into the state's "recapture" fund – theoretically a tool to equalize school funding..."

Dec. 7, 2018 News Feature by Austin Sanders

City Budget Squeezed Between Basic Costs and State Neglect
The city has $1.03 billion in taxpayer money. Here's where it's going.
"...time" and applauded staff's efforts to find some unallocated funding. Her own priorities remain "addressing the lack of appropriate..."

Aug. 11, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

The Challenge of Judge Dietz
School finance decision puts responsibility where it's always been - on all of us
"...universally in TV coverage), "Robin Hood" – the share-the-wealth "recapture" system – was not overturned in the courtroom, and..."

Sept. 24, 2004 News Column by Michael King

School Finance Plan Headed for Hearing
Aycock promises no losers as Senate obsesses on vouchers
"...a proposal for an extra $3 billion in school funding, and that's a sharp reversal from 2011, when lawmakers..."

April 8, 2015 News Post by Richard Whittaker

What's So Special?
Gov. Perry calls a special session, and pits property taxes against schoolchildren
"...the state for redistribution to poorer districts, via the recapture system (disdained or praised as "Robin Hood")...."

April 23, 2004 News Column by Michael King

Lege Lines: "Texas Plan" Hits Home
School finance heads to the House floor
"...– the so-called "Texas Plan" – would impact their recapture payments and per-pupil funding should it become law. Austin..."

April 5, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

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