In a widely distributed email sent prior to the special session, House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) said that now is the time for Republicans to revamp funding for public schools. Indeed, Gov. Greg Abbot has set up a commission to study the school finance system during the special session.

But to further make his case, Straus said in the email that the Austin Independent School District will lose more than $530 million in local property taxes to the so-called Robin Hood system this year. The system takes money from school districts with a wealthier tax base and distributes that money to school districts in need.

Is that a fact? Gardner Selby of the Politifact Texas fact-checking team has the answer.

Hear how Speaker Straus’ claim scored in the player above.

 

Written by Caroline Covington.

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