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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez
Citation:411 U.S. 1 (1973)
At the time of the litigation, approximately 40% of Texas’s state education budget came from local property taxes. Texas law also imposed a ceiling on the local property-tax rate that any locality could assess. Mexican-American parents whose children attended the public schools of Edgewood Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas, brought suit against various state officials challenging the funding scheme. Because Edgewood was in a district with low property values, it raised only $26 per student in local funds and spent $356 per student during the 1967-68 school year. In contrast, Alamo Heights Independent School District, which was also in San Antonio, raised substantially more money from property taxes and spent $594 per student.
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