What happened after the old school funding law became obsolete?
Most districts were flat-funded for five of the last six years, meaning that they received the same amount of aid year after year though their costs and enrollments may have risen and their demographics and economic circumstances may have changed. Property taxes rose precipitously as many local communities tried to pick up the slack caused by stagnant state aid. Some districts lobbied successfully for more money at the expense of other districts that may have needed it more. The result was a fragmented system that lacked a rational basis for distributing state aid.