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Texas Classrooms First presentation
Texas Classrooms First presentation
Texas Classrooms First presentation
Texas Classrooms First presentation
Texas Classrooms First presentation
Texas Classrooms First presentation
Texas Classrooms First presentation
Texas Classrooms First presentation
Texas Classrooms First presentation
Texas Classrooms First presentation
Texas Classrooms First presentation
Texas Classrooms First presentation
Texas Classrooms First presentation
Texas Classrooms First presentation
Texas Classrooms First presentation
Texas Classrooms First presentation
Texas Classrooms First presentation
Texas Classrooms First presentation
Texas Classrooms First presentation
Texas Classrooms First presentation
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  • 1. Standing by teachers and students in tough times.
  • 2. State Spending
    The 2010-2011 state budget, passed by the Legislature in 2009, looks like this:
  • 3. State Spending:
  • 4. State Spending
    60.7 percent of all state dollars are appropriated to education, including K-12 and colleges.
  • 5. State Spending
    Spending on public education has increased significantly.
  • 6. Growth in Education Spending
    “Texas public education spending nearly doubled during the last decade, increasing from $28 billion to nearly $55 billion...”
    “…spending per-pupil rose by 63 percent.”
  • 7. Growth in Education Spending
  • 8. Growth in Education Spending
    Total expenditures have risen above & beyond enrollment growth…
  • 9. Growth in Education Spending
  • 10. Growth in Education Spending
    And total expenditures have risen above & beyond inflation…
  • 11. Growth in Education Spending
  • 12. Growth in Education Spending
    Where does that all of that money go?
    Why are per pupil expenditures so much higher today?
    The Answer:
    Bureaucracy
  • 13. Education Bureaucracy
    If the Texas public education system were a private company, it would be the fifth largest in the world by employee count:
    Sources: Fortune Magazine and the Texas Education Agency
  • 14. Education Bureaucracy
    The fifth largest company in the world?
    But surely most of those employees are classroom teachers, right?
    Wrong.
  • 15. Education Bureaucracy
  • 16. Education Bureaucracy
    Statewide, only 50.7 percent of public school employees are classroom teachers.
  • 17. Education Bureaucracy
    That means for every teacher, public schools in Texas employ one non-teacher.
  • 18. Education Bureaucracy
    That’s a one-to-one ratio of teachers to non-teachers!
    But is hasn’t always been this way…
  • 19. Education Bureaucracy
    Teacher to Non-Teacher Ratios:
    • 1979-80 - 2½:1
    • 20. 2010-11 - 1:1
    Source: Texas Education Agency, Personnel and Average Salaries, 1971 – 1983.
  • 21. Education Bureaucracy
    As spending on public education increases, your tax dollars are being used for purposes with little or no relation to teaching and learning.
  • 22. So when a Superintendent or other school official says that budget cuts mean teachers will have to be fired…
    Ask:
    Why not start by reducing non-teaching positions?
    Why not reduce administrations’ pay & benefit before firing teachers?
  • 23. After all, the core function of Texas public schools is to educate students.
    And that happens in the classroom.
  • 24. We choose classroom instruction over educational bureaucracy.
    Where do you stand?
    texasclassroomsfirst.com

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