Plano ISD "Robin Hood" Payment Going Up

Steven Pickering
August 10, 2018 - 5:17 am
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PLANO (1080 KRLD) - Board members of the Plano ISD have approved a $208 million dollar payment to the State of Texas as part of the "Robin Hood" school funding program.

Several PISD Board Members say the payment required for the 2018-2019 school year is a sign that state lawmakers need to make changes to the system for funding public education.

"There's zero benefit to our district, yet we're going to be paying $208 million," said Board Member Dr. Yoram Solomon. "Recapture represents 30 percent of our budget. 30 percent of what we collect in taxes, we're going to send to the state."

The Plano ISD is classified as a property-rich district under the "Robin Hood" plan and is required to contribute money each year. The state is supposed to use that money to help poorer school districts.

"There's a partner in this...and that partner is called the State of Texas," said PISD Board President Missy Bender. "We both used to put in 50 percent, and they're now putting in 38 percent." The current system, Bender said, "is allowing the state to reduce its contribution to education. They're counting on you to put in more so they can put in less."

While the board voted to approve the mandatory payment, Bender said she would like to see members of the state legislature address school funding when they return to Austin in 2019.