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Public School Funding in Texas? Pah! Rick Perry's Possible Presidential Run MORE IMPORTANT than children

7 July 2011 at 5:56:00 PM

ON the WaPost via Slog

Texas lawmakers started the year promising to make hard choices to solve the largest budget shortfall in the state’s history. They delivered one speech after another about not “kicking the can” down the road.

Yet that’s exactly what they did.


The first accounting shift was to delay a $2.3 billion payment owed to public schools in 2012-2013 by one day, so that the bill isn’t technically due until 2014, thereby going into the next budget. The new budget also assumes there will be no growth in the number of school children in Texas, even though it is one of the fastest-growing states in the nation. Critics say the state will short school districts $2 billion that way.

Because it's more important tor Perry to be able to lie IF he runs for president than to be for Texas schoolchildren and teachers. >>Cartoon. He is kicking the can down the road

Remember this when you hear Rick Perry bragging about a balanced budget. It's not balanced and it stiffs schools. Let's see, what rating do Texas schools have compared to the rest of the nation? Oh, that's right. From Texas on the Brink


(50th=Lowest, 1st=Highest)

  • Public School Enrollment - 2nd [i]
  • Average Salary of Public School Teachers (2009-2010) – 31st [ii]
  • Percent Change in Average Salaries of Public School Teachers, 1999-2000 to 2009-2010 – 38th [iii]
  • Current Expenditures per Student - 38th [iv]
  • Percentage of Revenue for K-12 Schools from Local Governments, 2009-2010 – 24th [v]
  • Percentage of Revenue for K-12 Schools from State Government, 2009-2010 – 40th [vi]
  • Percentage of Revenue for K-12 Schools from Federal Government, 2009-2010 – 3rd [vii]
  • State & Local Expenditures per Pupil in Public Schools – 44th[viii]
  • State Aid Per Pupil in Average Daily Attendance - 47th [ix]
  • Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Scores - 45th [x]
  • Percent of Population 25 and Older with a High School Diploma - 50th [xi]
  • High School Graduation Rate - 43rd [xii]
  • Percent of Adults with at Least a Bachelor’s Degree - 31st [xiii]
  • Percentage of Higher Education Enrollment - 9th [xiv]
  • Per Capita State Spending on State Arts Agencies - 43rd [xv]

Update. Here's more from Bloomberg News 8/19/2011


With public schools projected to serve 80,000 more students this year than last and a tax system that wasn’t expected to support that demand, Perry cut $15 billion from spending and shortchanged them by about $4 billion from previously mandated levels rather than raise taxes. The governor spurned attempts to use the state’s reserve fund, projected to top $6 billion by August 2013, even as education advocates said his budget would lead to the loss of several thousand school jobs.

“Texas didn’t fully fund its public-education formula for the first time since 1949 because they were facing a major budget crisis,” Hamilton said.

The budget also cut higher-education support by $1.2 billion, a move faulted by critics including former AT&T Inc. (T) Chairman Ed Whitacre for threatening the quality of the state’s workforce.


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