Texas Funding for Schools Much Lower Than Before Recession

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Eva DeLuna Castro /(512) 320-0222 x 103

September 4, 2012

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In response to the Great Recession, the Legislature chose to make extensive cuts to school funding instead of using the Rainy Day Fund to protect Texas school children, putting the state’s economy and long-term prosperity in jeopardy.

State and local funding for preK-12 education is 11.2 percent below 2008 levels in Texas after adjusting for student growth and inflation, according to a report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-partisan policy research organization based in Washington, D.C.

“These cuts have undermined our ability to educate our children and there will be consequences for the Texas economy,” said Chandra Villanueva, education policy analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities. “Good schools and an educated workforce foster economic growth, and we are undermining our own recovery by reducing our investment in education.”

Click here to read the CBPP full report.