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Austin ISD To Lawmakers: Ease Up On 'Robin Hood'
Updated: Tuesday, August 26 2014, 01:13 PM CDT
Stop taking our money: that's the message from Austin Independent School District leaders to state lawmakers. In the upcoming year, the Texas Legislature is expected to take $175 million in AISD property taxes, some which the district says should stay here.
That amount, $175 million, is money the district says could pay for a new high school every year, an extra $2,000 for each student, or lower part of the AISD tax rate by 22 percent.
On Tuesday afternoon, AISD's interim superintendent, board president, teachers union president, and others will get together with three state reps to try to get some of that Robin Hood money back. Here's why: most people think of the Austin Independent School District as a property wealthy district, but officials say 62 percent of their students are on free and reduced price lunch.
"Legislators, our district, the chamber, and the union can come together and say 'We don't want to stop recapture, or Robin Hood, we just want to see some adjustment made that supports the special need of Austin,'" said Ken Zarifis, President of Education Austin, the employees union for AISD.
Tuesday's meeting starts at 5:15 p.m. in the Board Room at AISD headquarters, located at 1111 West 6th Street.