State Representative Brooks Landgraf files legislation to repeal ‘Robin Hood’ plan

State Representative Brooks Landgraf files legislation to repeal ‘Robin Hood’ plan
State Rep. Brooks Landgraf (Source: State Representative Brooks Landgraf's Office)

AUSTIN, TX (KWES) - State Representative Brooks Landgraf has file legislation to repeal the Robin Hood plan.

The Robin Hood plan sends a portion of funds from property wealthy school districts to other schools throughout the state.

“Over the years, the Robin Hood system has placed a disproportionately large burden on taxpayers in the oil patch to fund public schools in other parts of Texas,” Landgraf said. “But our students and teachers here in the Permian Basin also pay a high price for this scheme.”

House Bill 712 was presented by Landgraf during the 86th Texas legislative session. It intends to bring about a full repeal of the recapture provisions brought about by the Robin Hood plan.

The oil boom has resulted in many of the school districts in the Basin being classified as “property wealthy”. However, most districts have experience a population growth, causing them to suffer from teacher shortages and large classroom sizes.

Because of this disconnect, many schools do not have the budget they need to properly educate their students.

“This new downside of recapture only adds to the argument that the state must repeal Robin Hood and replace it with a better plan to provide adequate funding for Texas public schools,” Landgraf said.

“An increase in funding for each student in Texas is something that our state must do in order to prepare our students for the next generation of high-paying jobs that will allow Texas to remain prosperous.”

The legislative session will run through May 27.

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