�������Sec.�504.6155.��SUPPORT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS LICENSE PLATES. �(a) �The department shall issue specialty license plates that include the words “I support (insert name of county) County public schools.” �The department shall design the license plates in consultation with the applicable county.
�������(b)��After deduction of the department’s administrative costs, the remainder of the fee for issuance of the license plates shall be sent to the Texas Education Agency for distribution to the school districts in the county designated on the license plates based on the average daily attendance of the school districts as determined under Section 42.005, Education Code.
This shows what is wrong with the Texas school finance system in so many ways. School funding is not done at the county level but at the school district level. You don’t support Bexar County schools, you support Northside, Judson, or Alamo Height schools.
Because what you really support is your local school, whether it’s the athletic boosters club, band, or honor society. You want your money to go to your school, not some school in South San Antonio. This is probably even more true in rural areas where you want to be supporting Floresville schools rather than Poth schools. No one is going to want to say “I support schools in Wilson County.”
So why not allow people to purchase licence plates for specific school districts if not schools? Hmmmm, could it be that it would just be a way for wealthy people to help already well-off districts? At least this way, some of the wealth gets spread around to some of the needy districts.
Wait a minute. This sounds familiar…maybe like the Robin Hood school finance plan?
Now I’m not arguing for or against Robin Hood. I do think that it’s pretty sad that our education finance system is so screwed up that it’s actually reflected in vanity license plates.