Texas lawmakers Tuesday vowed to put aside partisan differences and work to come up with a better school funding system.
Governor Rick Perry called the 30-day special session to try to replace the so-called "Robin Hood system." The current system depends on real estate taxes from property-wealthy districts to help fund schools in poorer districts.
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Perry's plan would replace the share-the-wealth system with a lower statewide business property tax and a lower residential property tax at the local level. The governor backs using various so-called "sin taxes," including a $1 per pack cigarette tax.