Thursday, January 31, 2013

Texas Education Budget: Cuts or Additional Funds?

"I think under any scenario over the last decade, the funding that we have seen in the state of Texas for public education has been pretty phenomenal," Governor Rick Perry said at a press conference on January 9, 2013.

Governor Perry is part of the minority of people who believe public education is in a good place right now in the state. Approximately 400 school districts are currently suing the state for the lack of funding during the past two years. Since the 2011 legislature cut roughly $5 billion from the public education system, over 25,000 employees have been let go across the state (Strains for Teachers...). Due to the lack of budget for teachers, the remaining faculty and staff have been working to adjust to the increase in students in each class. While this may not seem like a big deal to the average person, when the number of students in classes is in the high twenties, the individualized experienced for the student is significantly decreased.

There is a glimmer of hope, however. Lt. Governor David Dewhurst said "We’re going to be putting more resources into public education, and there is no reason for us to get into a dialogue back and forth what that number should be."

sources: Texas Tribune
"Strain for Teachers Runs Deeper Than Budget Cuts" Morgan Smith. October 4 2012
"Dewhurst, Straus, Perry See Opportunity for Tax Relief" Jay Root. Jan 9 2013

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