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Texas Classrooms First presentation

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

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