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Rising property values lead to skyrocketing Robin Hood payments

School districts in Northeast Tarrant County are bracing for bigger recapture payments next year as property values continue to rise. Recapture requires “property wealthy” districts to make payments to the state for redistribution to lower wealth districts, hence the nickname Robin Hood. The Texas Legislature was unable to pass a bill to increase state funding for public schools in the recently completed 85th session. If all districts received additional funds, recapture payments would be curbed.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD’s recapture payment will go from $30.2 million this year to $44 million in 2017–18, a 45 percent increase. Carroll ISD is looking at a 37 percent increase in its recapture payment, which will rise to $26.3 million.

The effort to increase per-pupil funding for schools was scrapped when a fight erupted over an amendment to the bill that would have created a voucher program for special education students.

Read “Robin Hood payments for Northeast Tarrant schools skyrocket,” by Sandra Engelland in the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram.

June 8, 2017