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Constitutional Law Keyed to Choper
San Antonio Ind. School Dist. v. Rodriguez
Citation:411 U.S. 1, 93 S.Ct. 1278, 36 L.Ed.2d 16 (1973).
Recognizing the need for increased state funding to help offset disparities in local spending because of sizable differences in the value of assessable property between local school districts, the Texas state legislature established the Minimum Foundation School Program, which accounts for approximately half of the total educational expenditures in Texas. It calls for state and local contributions to a fund earmarked specifically for teacher salaries, operating expenses, and transportation costs. The state finances approximately 80%. The districts’ share is apportioned among the school districts under a formula designed to reflect each district’s relative taxpaying ability.
Rodriguez challenged this funding scheme by arguing that it underprivileged certain schools which lacked the vast property tax base that other districts utilized.
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