2015 House Joint Resolution F

Equalize school funding

Introduced in the House

Jan. 27, 2015

Introduced by Rep. Tom Barrett (R-71)

To place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment to require that all school districts get the same amount of state and local tax revenue for school operating purposes. Current funding levels are the product of a complex formula enacted by the 1994 Proposal A tax limitation and school finance measure, and is based in part on the ability of richer or poorer communities to pay higher or lower property taxes, and the level of local school taxes before 1994. The measure does not specify whether equalization would come from lowering high-spending districts’ revenue or increasing low-spending districts, and if the latter, where the new money would come from.

Referred to the Committee on Appropriations