CHICAGO -- A Macomb County, Mich., Circuit Court has ruled in favor of Michigan's plan for equalizing state funding of schools by making districts share their tax bases.

The decision, issued last week by Judge Lido Bucci, cast doubt on penalties used to enforce the plan. But Bucci upheld as "proper" the program's so-called Robin Hood concept of tax-base sharing, or taking funds from richer school districts and giving them to poorer ones.

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