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Texas Classrooms First Presentation 2012

  1. 1. Standing by teachers and students.
  2. 2. Texas Public Schools -The Big PictureState spending on public education has increased faster than inflation plus population for the past decade Local school district debt per pupil has doubled since 2002.School districts have accumulated billions in cash reserves. Student performance has not improved. texasclassroomsfirst.com
  3. 3. State Spending:Education is the Highest Priority in the 2012-13 State Budget.56.5 percent of all state dollars are appropriated to education, including K-12 and colleges. texasclassroomsfirst.com
  4. 4. State Spending: texasclassroomsfirst.com
  5. 5. Growth in Education Spending“Appropriations of General Revenue Funds increased by $154.2 millionfrom the previous biennium.” - Legislative Budget Board, Fiscal Size-Up 2012-13 texasclassroomsfirst.com
  6. 6. One-Time Federal FundsTotal educational spending remained level in 2012-13 because one-time federal stimulus funding ended. texasclassroomsfirst.com
  7. 7. One-Time Federal Funds School Districts were aware that these were one-time funds. On behalf of the people of Texas… we will accept the funds in H.R. 1 and use them to promote economic growth and create jobs in a fiscally responsible manner that is in the best interest of Texas taxpayers. I remain opposed to using these funds to expand existing government programs, burdening the state with ongoing expenditures long after the funding has dried up. texasclassroomsfirst.com
  8. 8. One-Time Federal Funds Source - Article XII, SB 1, Texas General Appropriations Act, 2010-11 texasclassroomsfirst.com
  9. 9. One-Time Federal Funds texasclassroomsfirst.com
  10. 10. Growth in Education SpendingTotal spending on public education has increased significantly over time. texasclassroomsfirst.com
  11. 11. Growth in Education SpendingFIGURE 5 texasclassroomsfirst.com
  12. 12. Growth in Education SpendingTotal expenditures have risen above & beyond enrollment growth… texasclassroomsfirst.com
  13. 13. Growth in Education SpendingFIGURE 4 texasclassroomsfirst.com
  14. 14. Growth in Education SpendingAnd total expenditures have risen above & beyond inflation… texasclassroomsfirst.com
  15. 15. Growth in Education Spending texasclassroomsfirst.com
  16. 16. Skyrocketing DebtWhile State spending has grown faster than population plus inflation, local debt has skyrocketed texasclassroomsfirst.com
  17. 17. Skyrocketing Debt School Districts with outstanding debt average $14,409 totaldebt per student and $1,172 debt service per student per year. More than double 2002 numbers. texasclassroomsfirst.com
  18. 18. Skyrocketing Debt“Debt service was [Texas] schools’ fastest-growing category of expenditure during the last decade”- Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Financial Allocation Study for Texas 2010. texasclassroomsfirst.com
  19. 19. Skyrocketing DebtTexas School Districts pay $5.2 billion in debt service payments each year. More than 9 percent of all ISD expenditures. 2010-2011 School Year (In Billions) Total: $ 55.7 Billion texasclassroomsfirst.com
  20. 20. Skyrocketing Debt  The PSF currently guarantees $53 Billion in outstanding ISD bond issues.  Only $10 Billion worth of ISD bond issues are not backed by the PSF.  The PSF can guarantee a maximum $75 billion in ISD bond issues. This amount was raised after it reached its prior $50 billion capacity in 2008. texasclassroomsfirst.com
  21. 21. Excess Financial Reserves School districts have accumulated over $10 Billion isaccumulated financial reserves as a result of increased state and federal spending and growing debt service costs. texasclassroomsfirst.com
  22. 22. Excess Financial Reserves Total Fund Balance All ISDsNumber of ISDs with an Excess Fund Balance 591Number of ISDs with a Deficit Fund Balance 419Number of ISDs with no difference 20Total 1030Total ISDs Excess Fund Balance $1,336,369,206Total ISD Deficit Fund Balance -$897,010,833Total Excess Fund Balance All ISDs $439,358,373Total Excess Fund Balance All ISDs $439,358,373Remaining Stimulus Balance Available to ISDs and Charters as of 1/31/2011* $2,138,745,993Total Excess Fund Balance All ISDs PLUS Available Stimulus $2,578,104,366Total Fund Balance All ISDs $10,151,827,668Remaining Stimulus Available to ISDS and Charters as of 1/31/2011* $2,138,745,993Total Fund Balance All ISDs PLUS Available Stimulus $12,290,573,661**Amounts obtained from ISDs Audited Financial Statement for the Fiscal Year Ending 2009; Audited Financial Statementsfor the ISDs Fiscal Year Ending 2010 will not be available until early spring 2011.*Amount obtained from the Texas Education Agency ARRA Grants with Remaining Balances by Grantee Report as of1/31/11 available at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=6588&menu_id=934&menu_id2=941In addition, unless specified, totals do not include charter school amounts because charter schools are non-profitorganizations and report a net asset balance instead of fund balance. Source: Texas Education Agency texasclassroomsfirst.com
  23. 23. A Texas Public Schools Equation $46 Billion in State Education Funding + $63 Billion in School Debt +$10 Billion in Accumulated School District Financial Reserves =Significant financial resources in public education texasclassroomsfirst.com
  24. 24. A Texas Public Schools EquationBut, A Well Funded Education System ≠ Improved Student Performance texasclassroomsfirst.com
  25. 25. Growth in Education Spending So if Student Performance Isn’t Improving Where does that all of that money go?Why are per pupil expenditures so much higher today? The Answer: Bureaucracy texasclassroomsfirst.com
  26. 26. Education BureaucracyIf the Texas public education system were aprivate company, it would be the sixth largest inthe world by employee count: EMPLOYEES RANK EMPLOYER (FY2008) 1 Wal-Mart Stores 2,100,000 2 China National Petroleum 1,674,541 3 State Grid Corporation of China 1,564,000 4 China Post Group 860,200 5 Hon Hai Precision Industry/FoxConn Tech. Group 836,000 6 TEXAS SCHOOL DISTRICTS 663,146 7 Sinopec Group 640,535 8 U.S. Postal Service 627,798 9 China Telecommunications 493,919 10 Carrefour 471,755 texasclassroomsfirst.com Sources: Fortune Magazine and the Texas Education Agency
  27. 27. Education BureaucracyThe sixth largest company in the world?But surely most of those employees are classroom teachers, right? Wrong. texasclassroomsfirst.com
  28. 28. Education BureaucracyThe non-teaching staff of the Texas public educationsystem would rank as the 27th largest employer inthe world by employee count: EMPLOYEES RANK EMPLOYER (FY2008) 25 Target 355,000 26 Kroger 338,000 27 TEXAS SCHOOL DISTRICTS: NON-TEACHING PERSONNELL 324,942 28 Hewlett-Packard 324,600 29 China Resources 320,464 30 Toyota Motor 317,716 31 China Construction Bank 313,867 32 Sears Holdings 312,000 texasclassroomsfirst.com
  29. 29. Education BureaucracyThat means for every teacher, public schools in Texas employ one non-teacher. texasclassroomsfirst.com
  30. 30. Education Bureaucracy 2009-10 School District Staff & Salaries By Category Percent of All FTEs of Total FTEs Avg. Salary Total Salary (est) SalaryTeachers 334,930 50.5% $48,638 $16,290,325,340 60.7%Central Administrative 6,631 1.0% $89,481 $593,389,672 2.2%School Administrative 19,894 3.0% $70,819 $1,408,900,097 5.2%Professional Support Staff 59,683 9.0% $57,045 $3,404,624,721 12.7%Educational Aides 59,683 9.0% $18,426 $1,099,721,538 4.1%Auxillary Staff 179,049 27.0% $22,686 $4,061,915,142 15.1%Total Non-Teaching Positions 324,942 49.0% $32,524 $10,568,551,171 39.3%Total 663,146 100% $40,502 $26,858,876,511 100% Source: Texas Education Agency Snapshot 2011. texasclassroomsfirst.com
  31. 31. Education BureaucracyStatewide, only 50.5 percent of public school employees are classroom teachers. texasclassroomsfirst.com
  32. 32. Education Bureaucracy That’s a one-to-one ratio of teachers to non-teachers!But it hasn’t always been this way… texasclassroomsfirst.com
  33. 33. Education Bureaucracy Teacher to Non-Teacher Ratios: •1979-80 - 2½:1 •2011-12 - 1:1Source: Texas Education Agency, Personnel and Average Salaries, 1971 – 1983. texasclassroomsfirst.com
  34. 34. Education BureaucracyAs spending on public education increases, your tax dollars are being used for purposes with little or no relation to teaching and learning. texasclassroomsfirst.com
  35. 35. Education Bureaucracy $60 million Allen High School stadium is one of a kindAugust 3rd, 2012ALLEN — It’s an unprecedentedamount of money spent on a highschool sports facility. On Friday,we got our first look inside the$60 million complex for footballand other sports in Allen.They say everything is bigger in Texas. Walk into the new Allen Eagle Stadiumand you understand exactly what they mean. Theres nothing like it anywhere inthe country.When Eagle Stadium opens on August 31, it will instantly become the nationslargest and most expensive high school football stadium. texasclassroomsfirst.com
  36. 36. Education Bureaucracy New Dallas ISD communications chief’s $185,000 salary raises eyebrows5th June 2012New Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles has set annual salaries for four chiefsin his cabinet — with one in particular raising eyebrows.Chief of communications Jennifer Sprague will have a base pay of $185,000 —making more than Dallas Police Chief David Brown and the city’s topcommunications officer, Frank Librio. And on a national scale, it’s more thanWhite House spokesman Jay Carney’s $172,200 salary.Chief of staff Alan King, the current interim superintendent, will receive$225,000. Operations chief Kevin Smelker, a Harrison School District executive insupport services, will receive $220,000. Charles Glover, hired in the newlycreated position of chief of talent and innovation, will get $182,000. texasclassroomsfirst.com
  37. 37. Education BureaucracyNot one of these superintendents operates an “exemplary” school district… Top ten superintendent salaries (2011-12 school year): School District TEA Rating Superintendent Salary Beaumont ISD Acceptable $348,000 Spring Branch ISD Acceptable $309,000 Houston ISD Acceptable $300,000 Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Recognized $295,000 Plano ISD Recognized $292,000 Coppell ISD Recognized $290,000 Katy ISD Recognized $288,000 Austin ISD Acceptable $283,000 Garland ISD Acceptable $282,000 Conroe ISD Recognized $282,000 texasclassroomsfirst.com
  38. 38. Education Bureaucracy School Board Approves Raise For Duncanville SuperintendentMarch 2, 2011During a special meeting on Feb. 21 – and with little notice – theDuncanville school board voted to raise superintendent Dr. Alfred Ray‘sbase salary from $197,415 to $230,000 a year . . . .[T]he superintendent got the OK on a 16.5 percent salary increase, despitethe district’s likelihood of facing a $6 million shortfall . . . .Under his current contract, Ray also receives a $700 monthly car allowanceand a phone allowance of $200. texasclassroomsfirst.com
  39. 39. So when a Superintendent or other school official says that budget cuts mean teachers will have to be fired… Ask:1. Why has the district taken on so much debt for non-teaching positions?2. Why not start by reducing non-teaching positions?3. Why not reduce administrations’ pay & benefits before firing teachers?4. Why not use the districts excess financial reserves to finance core functions? texasclassroomsfirst.com
  40. 40. After all, the core function of Texas public schools is to educate students. And that happens in the classroom. texasclassroomsfirst.com
  41. 41. We choose classroom instruction over educational bureaucracy. Where do you stand? texasclassroomsfirst.com texasclassroomsfirst.com