Texas school district budget cuts

Amarillo, TX -  Budget cuts in state education funding usually hit poor school districts or districts that are not performing well the hardest, but the 5.4 billion dollars in reductions to Texas schools over the next two years is even being felt by districts statewide.

Districts with high property tax rates have imposed layoffs, giving teachers larger classes while asking them to teach extra periods. It is also keeping newly built school buildings vacant to save money.

Many say their hands are uniquely tied by the state's Robin Hood Law that compels districts that are wealthy in property to share funds.