AUSTIN, Texas – The vice president of the Texas Public Policy Foundation responded to a poll released today (Wednesday, March 3, 2004) by the Texas State Teachers Association.

“It’s no surprise TSTA wants ever-increasing amounts of the taxpayers’ money to be spent without regard to results,” said Michael Quinn Sullivan.

“More than 60 percent of Texans believe public schools spend money in a wasteful fashion, according to a poll we conducted several months ago. For the TSTA to suggest the people of Texas should simply write bigger checks without proof of good performance is irresponsible.

“If the governor calls the Legislature into special session on school finance, legislators should demand greater accountability for the way schools spend money to ensure we are funding what works.

“More money isn’t the answer; spending money well is the only way to improve public education.”