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

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.

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  1. […] general revenue is three-percent less than it would take to keep the state running at 2011 levels, quoting statistics from the Center for Public Policy Priorities. After adjusting for inflation, each public school student in Texas will receive $133 less in 2014 […]

  2. […] embedded chart, courtesy of Better Texas and Rep. Gene Wu, is a reminder that we’re still behind on what we had been spending on […]

  3. […] the Texas Senate approved its version of the budget last month, lawmakers applauded one another for passing a bill that helped undo the $5.4 billion in school […]

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