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State and Local Revenue[]

Property taxes[]

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 tax[]

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


Bond Issues for capital projects[]

Issue discussion: State and local revenue sources[]

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

Per student, Avg Daily Attendance, etc.[]

School Lunch[]

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

Issue discussion: Federal funding of education[]

Redistribution of Funds[]

Funding Formulas[]

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 laws[]

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 Funds[]

Other funding issues: Buses, etc.[]

Issue discussion: Other[]