Even With Senate Budget, School Districts Will Still Have Less To Spend Per Student

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The chart below is based on one done in late February by State Representative Gene Wu, showing real (inflation-adjusted) spending per Texas student.

The amounts for 2014 and 2015 reflect what is being proposed in the budget that the Senate will debate today.


Texas Public Ed Spending Per Student


Despite the improvements made by the Senate Finance Committee, school districts will still have less money to spend per student than they did before the cuts made by the 2011 legislature. Unless more support is provided to schools, the problems of overcrowded grade school classrooms will continue, harming students’ ability to learn.

All spending and enrollment (average daily attendance) information is from the Legislative Budget Board and state budget documents; the only assumption made by CPPP is that inflation in 2012 and beyond will be 1.6 percent, a conservative estimate.

At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we believe in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure. We want the best Texas - a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all. CPPP is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. We dare Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families.


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