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Recapture May Thwart Dallas ISD’s Academic Success

A new editorial in the Dallas Morning News notes that Dallas ISD is enjoying academic success, including across-the-board STAAR testing growth. Another source of strength is the district’s strong signature programs: pre-K and innovative choice campuses.

Unfortunately, the district’s financial picture is not as bright. In 2018–19, the district will join Austin and Houston ISDs in sending millions of tax dollars back to the state. Rising property values and declining enrollment have made Dallas ISD a property wealthy district subject to recapture, in spite of 90 percent of its students being poor.

The district would benefit from additional funding to expand initiatives that are clearly working. Instead, it will have to return at least $39 million to the state’s general fund, thanks to the convoluted school funding formula that’s part of our system of school finance. “At a time when Dallas ISD is moving the academic needle for our city’s schoolchildren, it deserves both community and state support for much-needed dollars,” the editorial reads.

Read “As Dallas ISD sees academic progress, Austin’s ‘recapture’ of funds seems especially cruel blow,” in the Dallas Morning News.

 

May 16, 2018