DALLAS -- For the Dallas Independent School district, managing a $2 billion drop in the tax base may be the easy part of budget-writing this year.

The tough part will be living with the so-called Robin Hood school finance law. The wealth-sharing plan could cost the district $47 million in state aid this year, triggering teacher layoffs and other spending cuts and forcing an estimated 17% tax increase to balance the $544 million budget.

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