Georgia reported this in the dead-tree edition a few weeks back, but an email blast from Highland Park ISD confirms that it has officially joined a lawsuit against the state of Texas.
The district joins other revenue-distributing (read: Robin Hood) districts in the suit, which will argue that the state has placed an unfair burden on the districts, considering the shrinking financial support received from the state. By reducing funding to HPISD, the state has essentially removed the discretion afforded to districts, the suit argues, creating a “de facto state property tax system, which is unconstitutional.”
“The cookie-cutter approach doesn’t work, and our school board needs to have the local discretion to financially support those programs. But under the current funding system, the board has very little fiscal control,” HPISD Superintendent Dawson Orr said in the email.
To read the entire letter, head to the Highland Park ISD website.