The Texas Miracle: Racial Discrimination Alive and Well Sixty Years after Brown
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The purpose of this study is to determine whether or not and how race plays a role in the funding of Texas public school districts. Beyond these determinations, we explore the legal implications that would come from evidence of a discriminatory funding system, specifically in light of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. In this study, we use both quantitative and legal analysis. We explore population-level data containing information on the funding and racial composition of all Texas public school districts. Descriptive methods such as cross-tabulations were paired with correlation and measures of effect size to explore the relationship between race and school district funding. In our legal analysis, we review relevant legal statutes and case law, situating our quantitative findings within the larger, school finance jurisprudence context.