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rhar:"But, yes, there are lots of issues that require more or less money in various school districts. To me, distribution of funding and collection of funding should be independent of each other, except for the fact that they have to come out to the same total."

Not true. It costs a lot more to run a school in Dallas TX as in west TX. Probably 2-3 times as much. Austin probably costs 4 times as much as in Dallam County TX.

Not sure how it makes it not true. The total funds collected and total funds disbursed still should be the same total. You're just talking about HOW the funds need to be disbursed. But they still need to be collected before they can be disbursed.

But it again goes back to the question of who should be paying what.

Does it come down to the same as typical insurance? Contribute premiums at the same rate that you contribute (risk of) costs? Or do we treat it like no-fault insurance, and just divide the cost equally? And then what do you do with those that can't afford their share of the costs, no matter what method you choose?

What about parents that take care of it themselves, either via home schooling or private schools. Does that relieve them of contributing, or entitle them to some form of reimbursement?
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