Does Texas need more money for public education? This question can cause heated debates, which were on full display during the 85th Texas Legislature’s regular and special sessions.
Although most of the debate has centered on how much money has been or should be spent, the focus should not be on taxpayer dollars spent, but really on how best to increase student achievement.
- Claims that Texas should spend more taxpayer dollars on public education are misleading.
- Inflation-adjusted total public education spending is up since 2004.
- Texas taxpayers contribute plenty of money for public education, but need more education for their money.
- By increasing education freedom through student-centered funding, Texans can best learn and prosper from higher graduation rates and more job opportunities.