WHO EDUCATES 5 MILLION                                                                                                    ...
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5 Million Reasons to Restore $5.3 Billion for Public Schools

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Texas public schools educate 5 million students. Texas ranks second nationally in total public school enrollment, but 45th in the nation in per-student spending in 2011-2012. Texas schools continue to suffer as a result of 2011 funding cuts of $5.3 billion. This represents a $4 billion reduction in per-student funding for
day-to-day operations as well as $1.3 billion in cuts to critical programs.

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5 Million Reasons to Restore $5.3 Billion for Public Schools

  1. 1. WHO EDUCATES 5 MILLION TEXAS STUDENTS? Texas public schools educate 5 million students. 91% Texas ranks second nationally in total public school enrollment, PUBLIC but 45th in the nation in per-student spending in 2011-2012. Texas SCHOOLS schools continue to suffer as a result of 2011 funding cuts of $5.3 billion. Private Schools 6% Public Charters 3% This represents a $4 billion reduction in per-student funding for day-to-day operations as well as $1.3 billion in cuts to critical programs. PUBLIC SCHOOLS PRIVATE SCHOOLS PUBLIC CHARTERS 4,823,842 313,360 154,278 Where Texas Cuts Hurt Students Most • In addition to cutting the Foundation School Program that funds THAT IS AN AVERAGE CUT OF OVER general academics for all students, essential grant programs $500 such as pre-kindergarten and support for at-risk students were PER STUDENT also cut or eliminated. • For the first time since WWII, the Texas legislature failed to PER YEAR provide funding to cover the costs of student enrollment growth. OR $11,000 PER CLASSROOM. As Texas’ Population Continues to Grow, Demands on Public Schools Rise. Texas Public Schools Are: • Growing rapidly, by an average of over 80,000 students per year; • Educating more economically disadvantaged students, with more than 60% of students coming from low income families (an increase of 45.5% in the past ten years); and • Expected to achieve higher academic standards through high-stakes testing and accountability, with fewer resources and support programs. TAKE ACTION Here’s what the Texas legislature can do to keep public schools strong: • Implement a school finance system that is logical, fair • Restore funding for the School Readiness Certification and appropriately funded. System, which measures quality Pre-K programs. • Restore $5.3 billion in cuts to public education from • Reward high-performing Pre-K programs with Formula last session. Funding for full-day Pre-K for qualifying 4-year olds. • Fully fund future student enrollment growth so that districts Reward districts receiving a Pre-K Center of Excellence aren’t penalized by an increase in student enrollment. designation for their full-day Pre-K program under the School Readiness Certification System for two years in a row with • Restore funding for Prekindergarten Early Start Grants access to formula funding for voluntary, high-quality full-day that allow school districts to offer full-day Pre-K. Pre-K for all 4-year olds meeting current eligibility requirements. LEGISLATIVE ADVERTISING PAID FOR BY: David Anthony, CEO, Raise Your Hand TexasFUNDING 3200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 2070 | Houston, TX 77027 P 713.993.7667 | F 713.993.7691 | www.RaiseYourHandTexas.org

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