Pollster testifies at Texas school finance trial

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by Associated Press

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Posted on November 27, 2012 at 7:59 PM

AUSTIN -- A pollster has told Texas' school finance trial how the state's "Robin Hood" system makes voters in wealthy areas unlikely to support property tax increases.

Larry Harris testified Tuesday about surveys in three property-wealthy school districts. He said nearly nine out of 10 voters there opposed local tax increases when told almost half of the revenue would be distributed to poorer areas.

Over 600 school districts are suing Texas, claiming the way it funds schools is inadequate and inequitable.

Many districts in wealthy areas note that they are in better shape than those in poor areas.

But they say the system still starves them of funding since voters who would otherwise support tax increases for their own schools refuse to do so when the money is sent to other districts.

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