Texas set up the Robin Hood system in 1993. Here's a simplified version of how it’s supposed to work.
The state puts in its share and local property taxes make up the difference. A formula that started out nearly fiifty-fifty.
But over the years, as local property tax collections have gone up, state funding has gone down. And instead of the state contributing 50 percent toward school budgets that share will drop to nearly 40 percent next year.
“It makes our budgets very challenging," Staats said. "Competitive salaries and benefits are difficult to keep up with sometimes and as other school districts provide salary and benefit increases for their staff members we've got to do the same or we risk kind of falling behind."
Here's a simplified breakdown of how the Robin Hood system works: