ERIC Number: ED439528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct-22
Reference Count: N/A
School Finance in Texas. Measuring Up: The State of Texas Education. A Special Report of the Texas Kids Count Project.
Center for the Public Policy Priorities, Austin, TX.
This article analyzes education and finance in Texas. It reports that Texas spends less per pupil on education than many other states in the nation--despite a greater than 10 percent increase in state appropriations for education since 1996. There is also high variance in per-pupil expenditures from one district to the next, with some school districts spending more than twice as much on total operating expenditures per pupil than others. The document discusses how Texas schools are funded and describes efforts that are being made to ensure equity in school finance. It provides a history of school finance in Texas, describing how, in 1984, a group of school districts filed suit charging that the state's heavy reliance on property taxes to fund education resulted in expenditure differences that violated the Texas Constitution. The article reports that all property wealth in the state is now taxed more equitably. It concludes that Texas needs to re-evaluate its level of educational spending, and states that Texas must provide adequate educational opportunities for all of its children, regardless of their income or residence within a specific school district. A chart lists total operating expenditures by county per pupil for 1996-97. (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Financial Problems, School District Spending, State Surveys
The Center for Public Policy Priorities, 900 Lydia Street, Austin, TX 78702. Tel: 512-320-0222; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.cppp.org/kidscount.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Public Policy Priorities, Austin, TX.
Identifiers - Location: Texas